“Welcome everyone” , a few words already show the desire to integrate quickly. He is an All Blacks legend who has settled in Béarn. New Zealand international Sam Whitlock It was presented at Hamo Stadium, this Thursday, November 30, 2023. He will take his first steps in the coming weeks under the colors of the Palaoise department, “before the end of 2023,” in the words of technical director Sebastian Piqueronis. His arrival It was announced last May, He said he was looking forchallenge“Coming to PAO, both in culture and style of play.
A little “under pressure”
Sam Whitlock He won’t be in completely unfamiliar territory because he will find his brother LukeDepartment Captain. He also joked about recommending that Pau’s employees pay “chocolate“For his brother, who played an important role in his recruitment.
The second row has become familiar with the Top 14, which he followed before the Rugby World Cup and is “He hopes to make an impact on the team and share his experience“He said to himself.”Blown“Thanks to the passion people have for rugby here.”Even more than in New Zealand“
What do you think it’s been a very good start to the season? He recognizes him, he “It puts you under pressure, I have to really rise to the task and be motivated“. With 153 international matches with the New Zealand national team, “IHe will bring what he is to the department, President Bernard Punto added. He is a two-time world champion, if he brings his experience, it is already more than enough.“
Director Sebastian Pecheronis says to himself.lucky“For Whitlock to be second on his team:”I am certain that he symbolizes our entire project, through his humility and ambition.To the question of whether Sam will play before 2024, Piquerones replied that “He must have merit to join the teamHe will not travel to Toulon this Saturday for day nine of the Top 14.
The double world champion will immerse himself in the draft game with coaches and players in the division. He is scheduled to join the team upon his return from South Africa after the Challenge Cup.
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