In terms of professional rugby, Bay of Plenty Steamers lock Baden Wardlaw is a late bloomer.

Just over a year ago, at 28, he made his provincial rugby debut with the Steamers against Canterbury at the Tauranga Domain after a string of impressive performances as captain of his club side at the time, Rotoiti.

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