Canterbury Head Coach Glenn Delaney has named his 31-man squad for the upcoming Ranfurly Shield defences against Wanganui and Mid Canterbury.
“We have named an exciting squad to kick off our 2017 season, with a mixture of returning talent and 19 players in the side who are yet to make their first-class Canterbury debut. These players have impressed the coaching group for their respective clubs this season and we look forward to giving them the opportunity to wear the red and black jersey.
“The history of the Ranfurly Shield provides a lot of motivation for our group and we know that both Wanganui and Mid Canterbury will be tough opponents leading in to our Mitre 10 Cup campaign”, Delaney said.
Canterbury’s first challenge will be from Meads Cup winners Wanganui, on 21 June, with kick off scheduled for 7:35pm at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
Should Canterbury retain the Ranfurly Shield against Wanganui, Mid Canterbury will then challenge on 4 August, with that match set for a 2:30pm kick off from Ashburton Domain.
Canterbury squad for Ranfurly Shield defences:
|Alifeleti Kaitu’u||New Brighton|
|Anty Burnett||Lincoln University|
|Billy Harmon||New Brighton|
|Brett Cameron||Lincoln University|
|Caleb Makene||Lincoln University|
|Chris Gawler||Lincoln University|
|Finn Hart-Strawbridge||Lincoln University|
|Hamish Dalzell||Lincoln University|
|Jack Powell||Lincoln University|
|Jack Stratton||Lincoln University|
|JJ Manning||Marist Albion|
|Joel Hintz||Lincoln University|
|Jonno Osbourne||Lincoln University|
|Marcel Cummings-Toone||New Brighton|
|Ngane Punivai||Lincoln University|