Craig Gower deserves more accolades
Craig Gower was a very good rugby league player. In the past two games for Italy, he has shown that his natural talent, first as a ball player and second as a great tackler and determined competitor.
Some commentators have been quite critical or at best, patronising in their assessment of his first game. Yes, he didn’t kick very well, but he set up a great try from nothing, made some great tackles and caught some rubbish passes from his halfbacks.
Last night, he threw some great passes and pulled off a great cover tackle on a “flatchat” Turner. First he made the effort in cover, second he had the pace to get to Turner and the courage and skill to make the tackle.
And, he is doing all this while still learning Italian!!!
We should celebrate his transition and encourage more to do it.
Finally, Craig Gower the man has matured and mellowed. His interviews are professional, perceptive and unassuming yet realistic. Well done. Keep up the good work. We can all benefit from the contribution that Gower will make to Italian rugby and hence international rugby.
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