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2018 New Recruits - Christian Kagiassis

By Samuel Lindsay

If you've been following Shute Shield Rugby for the past few seasons, you've likely come across the name Christian Kagiassis. The self-confessed 'leaguey' was making a name for himself at the Parramatta Eels through their junior ranks, before making the switch to Rugby Union. Since then the electric back has demonstrated his incredible turn of pace, strength in contact and his incredible ability to find the black dot with the boot since making his Sydney University debut in 2016. His point scoring ability speaks for itself, scoring 30 points in a single game against Eastern Suburbs in 2016 and again against Parramatta in 2017. The young flyer propelled himself to become the 15th highest point scorer in the Students history in just two seasons having graduated from their colts setup. 2018 sees Christian trade the royal blue and gold for candy stripes, so we decided to have a chat to see what his aspirations are for the upcoming season and why he decided to make the switch.

Dusted off the boots last Saturday in our first trial against Gordon after a long pre-season, how did you feel you went personally?

I had been waiting for this moment for a long time and was quite eager to play my first game for the club. I felt like I played well, contributed when I needed to, however there are many areas of my game I need to improve and can't wait to show the Souths fans what I can do!!!

You spent a few years at the Parramatta Eels playing in the Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball, looking back what made you trade Rugby League for Union?

I started playing rugby league when I was 4 years old and only played my first game of union at 15 years. As the years progresses and my experience built, I entered Uni to study a Bachelor of Commerce and playing rugby felt like a natural fit, allowing me to excel at a high standard both on and off the field.

From there you've spent a number of seasons at Sydney University and enjoyed plenty of success through their Colts setup. What was behind the decision to have a crack with Souths in 2018?

I've always admired the culture and the passion the fans and players always exhibit and the style of rugby Souths play is quite exciting and believe I can add to creating something special here at Souths.

You've linked up with the NSW Country Eagles for the past two years, what have you made of those experiences and how has that helped your development?

The last two NRC seasons have been awesome, being a part of a side with a bunch of Super players and even Wallabies has helped me gain an insight into what is needed to be successful at the next level.

Settling into a new club this season and looking to switch to a different position, do you have any goals you've set yourself for the upcoming season?

Since I was young I've always wanted to play professionally, so my major goal is to get a pro contract and play at the highest level possible. However right now, my main focus is on winning the Shute Shield for Souths.

To be a part of a successful backline combinations are important, any players from the current playing group you're looking forward to running alongside in 2018?

I'm really looking forward to creating a successful combination with everyone in the backline, but in particular Rohan (Saifoloi) and (Dewet) Roosy I am most keen to play alongside.

If you’re looking forward to seeing Christian Kagiassis in action in 2018, along with a host of other new and returning players, the best way is with a Southern Districts Membership. With a multitude of benefits on offer get yours today, here.

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