Perseverance pays off for Jordan

Perseverance pays off for Jordan

The 108kg block-buster was not part of the initial Blues squad, but grabbed his chance to score two tries on debut in the 24-10 win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

It belies his long journey where he could have easily given the game away.

Jordan, born on the North Shore, was part of the Auckland Academy as a teenager before progressing to premier club rugby with Auckland Marist. He moved to Canterbury to join their Academy (alongside Alex Hodgman) and the wider training group for the ITM Cup in 2013.

He played for Canterbury B but ruptured his ACL in a season-ender, and then re-ruptured the same knee the following year. Worse still, the wound became infected and ultimately required a third surgery.

“I basically missed three seasons. But I didn’t want to give up. I had come so close to making the team and I always wanted to reach that level.”

He returned home and after his third rehab, he was picked up by Northland, and moved to the Wellsford club. A solid first year led to a further two years and after their splendid 2017 season he has already signed again for the Taniwhas.

“Northland had a good run in the Mitre 10 Cup and I got a bit of ball and some opportunities out on the edge. I was lucky enough to get included in the Blues pre-season and the Development side and after a few injuries I got my chance.

“To tell the truth to be included in the Captain’s Run the previous week was a buzz. Then to go to Japan and make the starting team was incredible. On top of that the team played well and gave me some opportunities outside one-on-one and I was fortunate to get two tries.

“I am so thankful and I guess it is ironic that after so many injuries myself, that I get my chance after injuries to others.

“The Blues are a fantastic bunch who welcomed me so well. There is a lot of belief and a lot know that the team can succeed. We have got so close in some games and everyone in the group knows how good the team can be. It’s a privilege to be part of it.”