Max Northcote-Green looking to bring the World Tens Series trophy back to London
Max Northcote-Green was one of the standout performers for the London Royals in round one of the World Tens Series League, and was feeling the after effects of his solid efforts when we caught up with the former London Irish player following their final match against Rhinos.
“It was fairly physical out there and the body is feeling it having not played for a while.” Said Northcote Green.
“Rhinos kept hold of possession well in our last game and, in these short matches, limiting the opposition possession is massive, so credit to them for that and for taking the win.
“The disappoint of the last match will add fuel to our fire. It is a long three weeks, and we are excited to be part of history as we work to bring the World Tens Series trophy back to London.”
Having got to know the likes of Ross Neal and Dan Norton whilst at Irish, the back row forward has been enjoying playing alongside the England 7s players and seeing what they have brought to the Tens format.
“It is been great to get to play with the likes of Tom Mitchell, Rich de Carpentier and I’ve been able to learn a lot from them and what they bring from 7s to this format of the game.”
The tactical side of Tens, especially around the rule variations and the decisions the teams made, was fascinating to see in round one, as they adapt to the World Tens format.
“We are still learning how to be tactical, especially with the conversion jeopardy.
“When we scored our first try, we were keen to take the points with an easier conversion and then, if we were to score again, go for the full five pointers to get that extended lead.
“I think it’s a class innovation though. It makes it exciting and you have to be tactical, especially in the conditions, it can be quite windy, so making that decision between guaranteed points on the board or going for the big five makes it interesting.”
The World Tens Series has come at the right time for Northcote-Green as it allows him the opportunity to play some competitive rugby, whilst deciding on his next move.
“There are certainly worse places to be during this current climate, But I’m having a great time. Ten days in and the experience has been brilliant, but plenty of business to be done over the coming weeks and I’m looking forward to that.”