Baby Blacks

Former Cambridge High School 1st XV captain Mitch Jacobson has taken another step towards his ultimate rugby goal.

He was named in the New Zealand U20 squad – the Baby Blacks – for the recent 2014 IRB Junior World Championships in Auckland and, despite the side falling short 32-25 against South Africa in the semifinal, the signs were good.

The event is the second largest rugby tournament in the world, attracting a television audience of 262 million homes in 140 countries. 

Games were played at Pukekohe’s ECOLight Stadium, North Harbour’s QBE Stadium and Eden Park.

Jacobson, who plays loose forward, was Cambridge High School’s RD1 1st XV captain when the side won the first division of the Waikato secondary schools rugby competition in 2012. 

Beating St John’s College 21-20 in the final, it was thought to be the first time in 40 years that the school had won the first division championship.

The side is also thought to have won every trophy possible that year – including the Ian Foster Shield, the Tricolour Trophy, the Church College Shield and a Waikato banner.

Jacobson, who plays club rugby for Hautapu, has also since gone on to captain a New Zealand secondary schools’ side.

Cambridge High teacher-in- charge of rugby Dominic Kay described watching Jacobson’s rugby journey as ‘‘pretty rewarding’’. ‘‘We always aim to help our rugby players achieve their goals.’’ 

Kay described Jacobson as one who preferred to let his on-field play do the talking, adding that Jacobson possessed something special.

‘‘I think a major part of his success comes down to his willingness to learn and take in new information. That and his loyalty to his team.’’

- Article by the Cambridge Edition

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