Premier Rugby: Globe-trotting Kiwi loving life as he finds feet at Norths

By LIZ MOORE

In a season with more unexpected gains and losses across all clubs than usual, Norths counts New Zealander Nathan Tweedy among its best additions for 2020.

The 24-year-old backrower played in the New Zealand Under 20s trial squad as well as the Hurricanes Under 20s before playing for both the Magpies in Hawke’s Bay and Hong Kong Scottish over the last couple of years.

Tweedy was playing rugby in Hong Kong when the Covid-19 crisis started unfolding earlier this year, and with the Hong Kong riots also afoot, he made the decision to follow his travel and rugby bug a little closer to home.

Through a mate of a mate, he found himself in touch with Norths Premier backs coach, Patrick Byron, and is grateful for the welcome he’s been shown at the club and as a first-timer to Brisbane.

“They were great with helping out with the transition, sorting me out with accommodation and got me a job straight off the bat,” said Tweedy who is now rugby coaching at a couple of schools and running fitness boot camps at Norths.