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New Zealander Helps BYU to Fourth Straight National Rugby Championship

Aucklander Jonny Linehan had an outstanding game to help his team, the Brigham Young University Cougars, win a fourth straight national rugby title last week.

Linehan is one of several players on the BYU team from New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific, including: Arawa Elkington, Jackson Kaka, Jared Whippy, Joshua Whippy, Nic Purcell and Wineera Elkington.

Assistant coach, Wayne Tarawhiti, is also from New Zealand.

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