As they seek to defend their first-ever Super Rugby crown, the Chiefs have bolstered their 2013 playing roster with a number of players from outside their catchment area, including former Crusaders squad member Patrick Osbourne.
The Fijian-born Osbourne, who made his ITM Cup debut in the Canterbury side in 2010 against Hawkes Bay, had a testing 2012 season, with injuries ruling him out of the red and blacks’ record making fifth consecutive title win.
Born in Suva, Osbourne is a former member of the Fijian 7s squad, although never gained a cap for the national side. During his time in Christchurch he attended Canterbury University, representing the Varisty side in the Christchurch club competition as they reached the Division One final in 2011, and studying Marine Biology on campus.
With a history as a successful 400m runner Osbourne is a bustling winger with a well-rounded skillset and awesome finishing ability. His laid-back attitude may have hampered his career development in Canterbury, but, with plenty of X-factor up his sleeve, the Chiefs’ environment may be just the place for this young outside back to flourish.