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Tasman Makos name 2014 ITM Cup Squad


Monday was a very special day with the naming of the 2014 Golden Edge Tasman Makos.

The squad named is:

Marko the mako saysHookers: 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.

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