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Pete Nelson
Pete Nelson
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By Chris Henry

I'm sure that any Ulsterman in the market for a second team at this World Cup will be keeping a keen eye on how Canada fare at the tournament.

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What an opportunity for Pete Nelson to get the experience of a World Cup, in Japan and against the All Blacks and Springboks to boot.

I was surprised that he didn't get something at Ulster for this season, but to go from that low to what he'll be experiencing these next few weeks is unbelievable. I couldn't be happier for him because he's an awesome guy.

It's a gut-wrenching experience for any player when you don't get a deal, especially at your hometown club, but Pete is someone that's always had the talent.

Sometimes you just need a coach to back you and he probably didn't get that in his early years at Kingspan Stadium.

His versatility was almost a curse at times as he didn't get a proper run in his best positions. I think back to when he came in and did a real job for us at 10 at the start of one season, at a time when we really needed him.

Even last season we saw him getting a run at centre when he'd probably always prefer to be getting his games in the back three.

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I know there were a few clubs looking his signature for the new season but for this chance to go to a World Cup to come so out of the blue, I'm sure he's pinching himself at times.

There's no doubt about it, he'll be a real asset for Canada too. It's just the reward he deserves after everything he's put into the game the past few seasons.

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