Another Bachop in the pipeline

Monday March 05, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Jackson Garden-Bachop (front) running with the ball as teammate Julian Savea watches on. 18030219. Jackson Garden-Bachop (front) running with the ball as teammate Julian Savea watches on. 18030219.

Cook Islander Jackson Garden-Bachop is expected to make his first appearance for the Hurricanes this weekend in the match against the Jaguares.

 

Having previously represented the Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby Competition last year, the first-five eight will be the next man up should the team spell star no.10 Beauden Barrett.

Garden-Bachop comes from a family with a huge sporting pedigree, as his father Stephen Bachop was a former All Black and his mother Sue represented the Silver Ferns.

His uncle Graeme Bachop, a halfback, pulled on the black jersey 31 times, including two World Cups, and also represented Samoa at the highest level.

He is also cousins with former Crusaders and All Blacks second-five Aaron Mauger, who is now coaching the Highlanders.

Garden-Bachop himself has represented New Zealand at the schoolboys and U20 level, after making his debut for the Wellington Lions in 2013.

The 23 year old has a two-year contract with the Hurricanes.

 

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