New Zealand v Canada: All Black centre Jack Goodhue recovered and itching to return


Jack Goodhue is eager to take the field when the All Blacks meet Canada in their second Rugby World Cup game in Japan.

Coming off a hamstring injury, the All Blacks centre said he had been preparing physically and mentally to get back in the game.

Jack Goodhue, right, said his hamstring injury

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Jack Goodhue, right, said his hamstring injury “seemed to drag out but it’s feeling really good now”.

“I just want to get out there and play and I guess it’s more about the mental side of things where you haven’t played in a while, prepping and doing everything you can to get your mindset right,” he said.

​Goodhue has been out of action following a hamstring injury after taking on Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup match in Perth.

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Jack Goodhue, right, and Sonny Bill Williams are put through their paces during an All Blacks training session.

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Jack Goodhue, right, and Sonny Bill Williams are put through their paces during an All Blacks training session.

At a press conference with team-mate Sonny Bill Williams in Beppu, Oita, Goodhue said the injury “seemed to drag out but it’s feeling really good now”.

Goodhue wasn’t named in team for the All Blacks’ opening match against the Springboks – which they won 23-13 – but is a strong contender for Wednesday’s line-up. If paired with Sonny Bill Williams, the duo would prove a threat to the Canadian midfielders.

During the team’s extended break between their first and second pool matches, Goodhue said they had been working on developing their game.

“We’re trying to build off the performance that we did against South Africa and we’ve just got to keep on developing our game and doing what we need to do.”

 

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Publish date : 2019-09-29 22:07:00

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