A dream come true for Miller

Otago rookie first five-eighth Ben Miller boots the ball during a training session at Logan Park...
Otago rookie first five-eighth Ben Miller boots the ball during a training session at Logan Park yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Pavlova, Phar Lap, Crowded House and Ben Miller - there is nothing those Aussies will not try to steal.

Miller came back to us, though.

The 25-year-old first five-eighth will make his debut for Otago in the Ranfurly Shield defence against Thames Valley in Wanaka tomorrow.

It will be a grand occasion for the Kaikorai pivot. Playing rugby for his province is something he always dreamed of doing.

But that vision got a little cloudy there for a while. He flirted with another code and was lured away.

He has represented New Zealand in Australian rules and that is where the opportunities where initially.

"When I was 17, 18, 19, I had a scholarship with Hawthorn and that put rugby on the backburner for a wee bit," he said.

When he returned he had to learn to kick the ball again, oddly. The two balls are a similar shape but different enough that Miller needed to sharpen up his kicking game if he was going to make it in the No10 jersey.

Defence was another issue. He played on the wing or at fullback while at Otago Boys' High School, so struggled to begin with.

But he has made the improvements he needed to make and, after a solid club season, gets his opportunity to "slip on the golden O".

"It has been a dream to play representative rugby and especially playing for my province where I play all my club rugby."


 

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They also claim Alex Lithgow and the Invercargill March as theirs.

 

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