Monday was a very special day with the naming of the 2014 Golden Edge Tasman Makos.
The squad named is:
Hookers: Quentin MacDonald & Jesse MacDonald (Central)
Props: Tim Perry (Harlequins), Ross Geldenhuys (Waitohi) , Siua Halanukonuka (Wanderers), Reuben Northover (Marist)
Locks: Joe Wheeler (Harlequins), Alex Ainley (Wanderers), Tevita Cavubati (Waimea Old Boys)
Backrow: Jeff Lepa & Peter Samu (Waimea Old Boys, Vernon Fredericks (Waitohi), Shane Christie & Liam Squire (Nelson), Tevita Koloamatangi (Stoke)
Halfbacks: Billy Guyton (Waimea Old Boys), Jimmy Cowan (Stoke)
First Five: Marty Banks (Waimea Old Boys)
Midfield Backs: Tom Marshall & David Havili (Nelson), Kieron Fonotia (New Brighton), Mike Wells (Kahurangi)
Outside Backs: Mitchell Scott, Robbie Malneek & Ben Tyler (Nelson), James Lowe (Waimea Old Boys), Bryce Heem (NZ Sevens).
Ten of the squad have Super Rugby experience in 2014 – Tim Perry, Kieron Fonotia (Crusaders), Joe Wheeler, Shane Christie (Highlanders), Tevita Koloamatangi, Liam Squire, Tom Marshall & James Lowe (Chiefs), Billy Guyton & Marty Banks (Hurricanes).
Bryce Heem has recently returned with the Silver Medal winning Commonwealth Games Sevens team while former Southland, Highlanders & All Black, Jimmy Cowan brings a wealth of experience to the squad.
David Havili represented NZ Under 20’s in the recent Junior World Cup, Quentin MacDonald, a former Super player with the Crusaders & Blues and now signed with the Chiefs, returns to the fold following a playing stint with Munster and Ross Geldenhyus has played Super Rugby in South Africa with the Kings & Lions.
All in all it’s a very strong and talented group of men who will represent the region well.
Story Source : http://www.makos.co.nz/