The Opportunity of a Lifetime

New Zealand Steel's very own Kiln Operator Nick Lyons has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, to live out his dream of becoming a professional rugby player.

New Zealand Steel Kilns operator Nick Lyons is one of five Kiwi rugby players who want a second chance at rugby success being featured on the 2021 2nd Chance Charlie TV Programme. Nick is a 29-year-old aspiring Chiefs hooker until he was forced into premature retirement at 20 after three shoulder reconstructions – the first of which was in Year 12 (sixth form). Nick has achieved some very impressive rugby accolades having played rugby since he was three years old. His determination and passion for rugby make him a very worthy contender for the title of 2nd Chance Charlie.

Throughout the series, the applicants will work alongside 2nd Chance Charlie trainer and ex-professional rugby player Joe Naufahu, assessing and evaluating the Charlies' training progress with their Super Rugby team. After eight weeks of training, the winning Charlie will be selected by All Black legends Stephan Donald, also from Waiuku and Liam Messam and will then receive a three-month personalised training, mentoring and development programme designed by their Super Rugby club, plus $15,000 prize money.

Nick has been a Kiln operator at the Glenbrook steel mill site for three years and before that worked in the Steel Plant. Nick says he really enjoys his work at New Zealand Steel and is really appreciative of the support he is receiving from his workmates whilst he is competing for his second chance on 2nd Chance Charlie.