Wyness wings way into Turbos
After three years of knocking on the Turbos’ door, Ben Wyness has finally been rewarded with a provincial contract.
The talented Feilding Yellows first five-eighth, who juggles rugby with his job as an aircraft technician in the Air Force, was signed this week.
He was initially on a Turbos development contract and was excited to get the call that he was now a full squad member.
“It was a pretty big moment. I am pretty excited. I just can’t wait for the season to start,” he said.
Wyness, 26, has been among the form performers at first five-eighth in the club competition since 2015.
But his path to the Turbos has been blocked by the union’s talented production line at the position.
Since his rise in Manawatu he has had to battle behind All Black Aaron Cruden, New Zealand Under 20s representatives Otere Black and Jade Te Rure and New Zealand Under 20s triallist Sam Malcolm.
Wyness said having such a talented bunch in the province has helped him improve.
“Knowing that you have got to be good enough [drives me]. Knowing that you are not going to get a handout because there is no one else in the region, you have to perform and be a good player to get into the team. And that is just making the squad. You have to battle every training to get on the field on Saturdays too. It makes you a better player at the end of the day.”
He has been involved in the Turbos’ preseason campaigns since 2015, played for the New Zealand Defence Force team at the Defence World Cup in 2015 and played a handful of games for the Hurricanes Development XV last year.
His Turbos contact adds to what has been a stellar season for Wyness, who has been a vital part of the Feilding Yellows’ unbeaten run in Manawatu club rugby.
He said there is a great atmosphere within the club.
“The whole club is strong in all grades. The injection of players has meant that the guys have had to step up and they have done the work because they want to be on the field. It is a great team and a great culture.”
Wyness has been at Feilding Yellows for six years, but he grew up in Canterbury.
He came from another production-line in first five-eighth talent in Christchurch Boys’ High School, wearing the same jersey as the likes of Andrew Mehrtens, Aaron Mauger, Dan Carter and Colin Slade.
From there, he joined the Air Force.
“I spent 18 months in Blenheim at the training base there and then halfway through 2012 I was moved to Ohakea.”
He said the Air Force have helped him by putting him in roles that don’t require him to be posted overseas or work night shifts, so he can commit to his training schedule.
“It is a good job. There is plenty of time to do all that stuff [with the Air Force] when I am retired from rugby. I can’t play rugby when I am older, but I will still be able to spin a spanner.”