Donald happy to stay in New Zealand


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A number of New Zealand rugby players are leaving, some are about to leave and some are thinking about leaving but Stephen Donald says that he is going nowhere.

With rumours abound that All Blacks five-eighths Dan Carter and Nick Evans are weighing up options to leave staying in New Zealand could be a very wise move for Donald.

“My dream is to be an All Black and always has been,” Donald told the Waikato Times after his reputation has seen a huge increase in recent weeks as the Chiefs have soared to new heights.

“I love living in New Zealand, you can’t do too much fishing in London and I want to stay here.”

Donald who is still only 24 and a well established Junior All Black says that he has had overseas holidays and had not been overcome with an overwhelming desire to live and play in another country at this relatively early stage of his playing career.

“I went over to London in November to see my brother and had a couple of weeks over there but cruising around on trains and that just isn’t my go.

“I can’t really see myself living in those big cities over there.

“I’m pretty happy in New Zealand. I mean, who knows, one day I might but not any time soon.

“None of them (overseas clubs) have got my number anyway.”

It won’t be too long before European clubs have his number as he is now second in the highest points scorer for the tournament so far with 101 points just two behind the injured Dan Carter and should he score more than a conversion he will become the tournament leader.

Donald could have been well ahead of Carter by now but he started poorly and as the tournament has progressed he has improved.

“The confidence is now there and for me I know when I’m enjoying it I’m excited about Saturdays.

“When you’re not playing well you’re a wee bit apprehensive I guess, but I’m excited every time I run out there at the moment.

“I guess the confidence is well and truly back,” he said.

The goal-kicking rhythm seemed to go hand in hand with that general confidence “things just flow on from each other”.

“Although it was pretty grim there at the start, I always knew it was going to click and happen at some stage.”

The Chiefs have something of a habit now of starting slow and gathering pace only to just miss the play offs at the end. This year however the Chiefs look to have timed their play off charge much better and genuine contenders.

“It was another slow start but I guess this time we managed to pick up a couple of wins when we were still playing fairly poorly,” Donald said.

“When I think of the Waratahs (20-17) and the Cheetahs (22-20), we still managed to win those games when in the past we would have lost them and had a 0-6 start again.”

The Chiefs are strong favourites to pick up another win this weekend when they take on the Reds from Queensland in Hamilton.

With the Chiefs being level on 27 points with the Stormers they will need to score some points to get ahead of the Stormers as they lead them on points difference as they too are expected to win this weekend.

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