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The second coming of the Boss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/08/2016
Isaac Boss © Michael Steele/Getty Images Isaac Boss

Isaac Boss will make his first start for Waikato in almost 11 years when they defend the Ranfurly Shield against Wanganui in Cambridge.

The 36-year-old recently returned to New Zealand following a successful career in the Northern Hemisphere where he played 23 games for Ireland. When he left in 2005 it was the era of Marty Holah, Jono Gibbes and Sione Lauaki.

He made a brief appearance off the bench in the Mooloo's 83-13 romp over Thames Valley over the Queen's Birthday weekend and has since helped his club side Southern United gain promotion to the Waikato Premiership.

"It's not till you get a bit older that you realise the enjoyment you get playing in front of friends and family. To be honest I didn't think I'd get that chance again," Boss said.

Waikato will be favourites to retain the Log o' Wood in their third straight defence on Saturday, having knocked over King Country 55-0 in Matamata last weekend but are wary of the Heartland Champions.

"Wanganui have nothing to lose and everything to gain and these are the games you enjoy because you know they're going to bring it to you.

"They've got plenty of flair and talent but we've just got to worry about ourselves and then I'm confident we can get a result," Boss said.

The Tokoroa halfback also faces stiff competition for game time this season with Samoan international Pele Cowley and New Zealand under 20 Harrison Levien in the squad.

"We've got a good working relationship and we're all trying to bring the best out of each other. I'm learning a few things off them, hopefully they're learning a few things off me.

"At the end of the day the only way this will be good for Waikato is if we put pressure on each other and compete all week but we're totally behind whoever puts the jersey on at the weekend."

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