Old Glory has re-signed utility back Renata Roberts-Te Nana for his third season with the club. The New Zealand native has had great success in DC, being arguably the most versatile back on the team. Retaining his skills will be immensely helpful for OGDC this season.
Roberts-Te Nana was Old Glory’s most used player in 2021, missing just 3 minutes of match time and starting in every single match. His 1,277 minutes led the team, with only two other players getting over the thousand-minute mark. He also, along with Danny Tusitala, became one of the first OGDC players to break 20 caps with the team.
The Swiss Army Knife of the back line, Roberts-Te Nana played a mixture of wing, fullback, and center for Old Glory. At 6’2″, 220lbs, he’s got the physicality to play in the centers, but his instincts and shifty running are much better suited to playing in the back three. He has a great feel for the game and is a reliable presence on field.
I’m hoping that with the new additions to the centers, we won’t need to pull Roberts-Te Nana out of position to cover as often. He’s been decent enough in the centers, but he lacks that deep instinct for physicality that true centers have. His value lies much more in what he’s able to do with an open field, with speed and creative decision-making that gets him through the line. The more we can see him in his element, the better Old Glory will be.
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