NRC: Rays’ ‘Veteran’ Alcock, a teacher who still wants to learn

by Paul Cook - It’s not often that you find yourself the most experienced player in your team when you only celebrated your 28th birthday a few months ago. But with the Sydney Rays boasting an average age of just over 24-years-old, across a squad with only five other Super Rugby representatives, that’s exactly the position de facto ‘veteran’ Chris Alcock finds himself in as he looks to help the Rays into a maiden grand final tomorrow afternoon. Only Fijian lock James Brown (29) pulls rank on Alcock age-wise. But with 55 caps to his name for the NSW Waratahs and Western Force, the combative flanker is out on his own when it comes to experience at the next level of the game - a valuable commodity amongst a bevy of young talent hoping to follow his path to Super Rugby and possibly beyond. It makes you wonder how the relatively greenhorn Rays would have fared if they hadn’t been able to call upon his services as we reach the business end of the 2016 Buildcorp NRC season, part
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