Tucker lands Turbos deal
The Manawatu Turbos have added height and experience to their forward pack in the form of Brad Tucker.
The 25-year-old lock wasted no time getting to know his new teammates, gearing up for Manawatu’s preseason game against Hawke’s Bay on the same day as he put ink to his contract on Wednesday. It was no easy assignment with the lock given a crash course on the lineout calls, but he said it was a great chance to get to know his teammates.
“When you come to a new team you have to meet everyone and there is probably no better way than to go out onto the field with them,” he said.
Tucker played provincial rugby for Waikato in 2016 and Taranaki in 2017. He is the brother of former Waikato and Chiefs lock James Tucker. The brothers grew up in Christchurch going through St Bede’s College and the Canterbury age-grade rugby system. This year he returned home to Canterbury where he has been playing with Christchurch in the club competition.
Then he got a call from the Turbos coaching staff who were looking for an experienced lock. He said he was eager to make the most of the opportunity. Growing up, the Turbos made a lasting impression on him.
“I have always had a lot of time for the Turbos. I remember a game as a kid when the Turbos, with a young Aaron Cruden, came down and gave Canterbury a touch up at Jade Stadium. That has been an ever-lasting memory for me. They were always a tough side to come up against. “My debut [for Waikato] was against Manawatu in a Ranfurly Shield challenge.”
While he is primarily a lock, he said he loves to pack down on the side of the scrum or at No 8. He said he was eager to make his mark on the Turbos and was focused more on the helping the team gets wins rather than any personal goals. He will link up with Old Boys-Marist for the remainder of the Manawatu club rugby competition.