Nelson flanker Connor Higgins is rearing to get back on the rugby field. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport

Connor raring to get back to footy


Connor Higgins is feeling fitter than ever thanks to the extra time he had to work out in lockdown.

However, the hard-hitting flanker admits he is missing the physicality of the game.

“A tackling bag just isn’t the same.”

Connor has resumed his work as a glazier at Design Windows but is itching to get back to his role on the footy field.

Clubs have yet to begin training in level two with competitions unlikely to get back underway until mid-June.

Despite this Connor has maintained his motivation and fitness levels throughout the seven-week lockdown period.

“I was lucky to get some weights from Tasman Performance, so it was good to have that sorted.”

He was also able to benefit from living in the vicinity of his club’s home ground Neale Park.

“I managed to get to the park about three times a week, tried to stay on top of fitness and not get lazy.”

Connor says not training not with the team has been the hardest aspect.

“Not getting those skills in or doing line-outs and scrums has been hard.”

Nelson lost its first game of the Tasman Trophy against a strong Wanderers’ outfit.

The 22-year-old former Nelson College product says should they return to the field, they can ill-afford any more losses.

Connor says with a full complement, they will be a hard team to beat.

“We have got a good bunch of guys, some physical and mobile forwards and some skillful backs.”

He accepts it will take some time to completely regain match fitness.

“We were four games in, and the body was starting to get back to 100 percent, not being too sore the next day so it will be like doing pre-season again.”