Young Chiefs utility Shaun Stevenson has missed selection for the New Zealand U-20 side, but Dave Rennie says the experience of staying in the Super Rugby environment for the majority of the season will serve the youngster well.
Stevenson’s ability to score tries saw him be a stand out player for Waikato during last years ITM Cup, the youngsters first taste of professional rugby fresh out of high school.
The New Zealand U-20 side was announced this week, with the recently-fit Stevenson being a note-able omission due to his Super Rugby commitments.
“I am just enjoying my time with the Chiefs at the moment, but it is definitely one of my dreams to wear that black jersey and I missed out on representing my country last year”, Stevenson said.
As a professional Super Rugby player, Stevenson doesn’t get the final say on his availability to play for the New Zealand U-20 side.
“The Chiefs coaches give you the consent to go”, Stevenson said.
Stevenson returned to the field for the Chiefs as a replacement in the last period of the 48-23 win against the Brumbies after a layoff due to a shoulder injury on debut.
“It felt good to be back out there with the boys”, Stevenson said.
Stevenson scored on debut for the Chiefs but has since revealed how nervous he became prior to kick off, to the point of spewing in the dressing sheds just before running out onto the field.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking beforehand but as the game went on I grew in confidence thanks to the boys out there helping me”, Stevenson said.
Stevenson returns to the Chiefs starting line-up this week for the ‘Battle of the Bombays’ against the Blues.