Every week during the Mitre 10 Cup season, Stuff profiles one of the newer players on the scene. In this instalment, we get to know Tasman teenager Anton Segner, who made his debut at the weekend. With his family watching the game via a livestream in the middle of the night in Frankfurt, German teenager Anton Segner achieved something he never thought was possible on Sunday; he made his professional rugby debut for Tasman. The former Nelson College First XV captain had originally planned to stay for just six months when he arrived as an international student in Although it was a dream come true for Segner — who, at 19, is 20 years younger than veteran team-mate Alex Ainley — he conceded his provincial debut would have been even more special if his family was there to share the moment with him. She even wrote a message to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a last-ditch attempt to secure entry.
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None, however, have been born in Germany, but rising teenage star Anton Segner is hoping to break that mould in the coming years. The year-old loose forward is beginning to make his mark on the New Zealand rugby scene, three years after moving to the country for what initially intended to be a six-month stay at Nelson College. His on-field exploits have exploded since then, with Segner going on to captain his school to a UC Championship title last year, adding to the back-to-back New Zealand Schools selections he earned in and Speaking to the What a Lad podcast, hosted by injured Hurricanes and Tasman utility back James Marshall, Segner said the status of the All Blacks makes the side much more appealing to play for than his homeland. While All Blacks selection could still be some way off from coming to fruition, Segner has already had the honour of representing New Zealand at age-grade level. Nevertheless, the experience of wearing the silver fern and performing the haka was something Segner relished given he had dreamed of doing that ever since he was a child growing up in Frankfurt.
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