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Rouse Making Mark in NZ

Monday Aug 10, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Overseas Pros

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(Rouse, at far right in photo, is starting at #10 for Linwood RFC)

Former All American flyhalf Volney Rouse helped put his club into the finals of the Christchurch Division I league in New Zealand this past weekend.

Rouse joined the club earlier this summer on the encouragement of his SFGG teammates. Grant and Tony Wells were both players at Linwood before moving to the USA. And former SFGG coach Ian Mallard is now the Linwood coach.

Rouse moved to the club to learn and he hoped to get some time in the Linwood backline. But when flyhalf Josh Hall was called up to the Counties Manukau NPC side, the starting #10 shirt went to the American.

Despite a few mistakes, Rouse has done well and retained his starting position through a 20-19 loss to Christchurch. On Saturday Rouse helped Linwood down Burnside 23-12 to set up a rematch with Christchurch for the area championship.

Rouse was outstanding with his goalkicking against Burnside, hitting three conversions and two penalties.

“It’s a good standard of play,” said former USA flyhalf Grant Wells. “The pace of the game I’d say is higher than Super League. For Volney to be starting at flyhalf there is a big deal. Ian says he’s been playing well, and his goalkicking has been spot-on.”

Rouse is not being paid for his play at Linwood, although he has been set up with a part-time job and a place to stay, thanks to his SFGG contact.

- Alex Goff


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