Iose follows brother in achieving Turbos goal
Sacrifices off the field have been key to Jackson Iose’s rise to a Turbos debut.
The 22-year-old has been named on the bench for the side’s Ranfurly Shield challenge against Taranaki on Friday.
His selection comes almost one year after younger brother and highly-rated up-and-comer Brayden Iose made his Turbos debut.
Seeing Brayden pull on green and white in his first season out of Palmerston North Boys’ High School last year provided inspiration for Jackson to push for Turbos honours as well.
“He is my best mate. I was rapt for him to play for the Turbos last year,” Jackson said.
“It was really cool last year having him come into Kias (Kia Toa Rugby Club) and having my mate to train with. We push each other. I love playing with my brother.”
Like Brayden, Jackson is an athletic loose forward, but there won’t be a chance for the pair to play for the Turbos together this season with Brayden ruled out for the season with a hip injury.
“I would love to pull on green and white with my brother. That was the aim at the start of the year, then he got ruled out and I had to push through. That was motivation as well - if he is not out there, I can get out there for us.”
Jackson showed a noticeable improvement in club rugby this year, particularly with his consistency.
He said he made a lot of changes both on and off the field.
“I came into the season and thought I will give the Turbos a real good crack this year. I had a look at who was ahead of me and who was around me and thought this could be my season to get into the team.”
“It was hard taking that next step up to the next level, taking rugby a bit more seriously, sacrificing some things off the field to play better on it. Then I got brought into the wider training group and that gave me a bit more direction.”
The hard work paid dividends, as did a switch of position with him now focusing on openside flanker.
“It took Cots (Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter) and a few other coaches to open my eyes to it. I always saw myself as a 6-8, but I enjoy playing No 7 now. I am learning heaps off Antonio Kiri Kiri. It is good having someone like that around me steering me in the right direction.”
While Jackson was determined to carve out his own playing style, he said he looked up to his father’s cousin.
“I have always looked to Jerry Collins. Being related to him has always helped me and Brayden.”
Jackson is one of three potential debutants for the Turbos against Taranaki along with lock Sam Slade and utility back James Tofa.
The Turbos’ match against Taranaki kicks off at 7.45pm at Yarrow Stadium.
The side’s next home match is against Otago at Central Energy Trust Arena at 5.05pm on September 1.
Manawatu Turbos: 15 Junior Laloifi, 14 Te Rangatira Waitokia, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Sam Malcolm, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Brice Henderson, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri (c), 6 Liam Mitchell, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Brad Tucker, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Tim Cadwallader, 1 Fraser Armstrong. Reserves: 16 Sam Stewart, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Sione Asi, 19 Sam Slade, 20 Jackson Iose, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jade Te Rure, 23 James Tofa