|Dan Turner (centre) with Charlie Graham (left) and Arden David.|
Premier lock Dan Turner brought an impressive rugby CV when he turned up to play for MSP early last year.
Dan was in the Glasgow Warriors for six seasons, and for five of those his team competed in the Heineken Cup against other top European sides. He also gained seven caps for Scotland A, one year taking part in the Churchill Cup competition against Canada, the USA and England Saxons.
Now a civil engineer for BECA, Dan is settled in Wellington with his wife Claire and 14-month-old son Fergus. He's particularly enjoying this year at MSP, he says. 'They're a really good bunch and the team's playing well. Everyone wants to play for each other and that's one of the keys to it.'
Dan was brought up in Eastbourne but boarded at Nelson College, later studying engineering at Canterbury University. He had two seasons in the Canterbury NPC team but spent a fair bit of time on the bench behind locks such as Norman Maxwell, Chris Jack and Brad Thorn.
After Scotland he had a year with the Toyota Shokki club in Japan before returning to Wellington where his parents live. Dan hooked up with MSP through an old Nelson College schoolmate, John Gbenda-Charles.
This is the first time he's played club rugby in Wellington and the standard is 'pretty good'. 'It's a physical competition and there's some big boys.'
Standing 199cm and weighing 108 kg, Dan trialled for the Wellington Lions team earlier in the week. On his chances of rep selection, he says he'll take that as it comes. 'I'm a competitive person and I'd like to play at as good a level as I can.'