Four-year wait finally over as Hautapu’s Luke Jacobson makes World Cup debut

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Hautapu Sports’ Luke Jacobson has finally made his first appearance at a Rugby World Cup, after a four-year wait due to injury.

The Cambridge-born loose forward was selected to play for New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan but concussion problems ruled him out of the tournament.

On Saturday September 9, Jacobson (26) made his long-awaited RWC debut, coming off the bench as an impact player in the All Blacks’ game against hosts France in the opening game at the 2023 tournament.

Introduced to the game in the 57th minute, Jacobson was immediately in the thick of the action, with the All Blacks reduced to 14 players due to the sin-binning of Will Jordan.

Main photo: Luke Jacobson (20) … straight into the action after coming off the bench.

New Zealand lost the opener 27-13 before a crowd of 70,000 at the Stade de France, Paris.

Luke Jacobson’s career

Jacobson was recalled to the All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup series with Australia last year, after disruption to his international career caused by injuries.

The former New Zealand U-20 captain has been a key player with Waikato and the Chiefs.

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