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New Zealand Heartland Under 19 squad announced

nz_u19_hrtlandThe first national Heartland Under 19 squad to compete in the inaugural Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament has been named today.

The New Zealand Heartland Under 19 squad includes representatives from each of the 12 Pink Batts Heartland Championship provinces, with 13 players already playing in the Pink Batts Heartland Championship.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Community and Provincial Union Rugby Brent Anderson said the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament will showcase the best young talent in the country.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our Heartland Unions. To have each of the 12 provinces represented in this team shows how much talent there is in this age group, across the regions.

“Many of the players are already attached to Pink Batts Heartland Championship teams so their combined force will bring some fierce competition to this new tournament.

“It’s fantastic to see the Heartland Unions getting behind this tournament by releasing their players for this team, because the tournament is an important and unique opportunity for these young men.”

Tournament details

The Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament is a new competition introduced to provide further opportunities for young school leavers, 16 teams from provinces around New Zealand will play on three tournament days; Sunday 28 September, Wednesday 1 October and Saturday 4 October at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, with players taking part in development programmes on non-game days.

Games kick off at 11.05am on all days.

Regional qualification tournaments have been taken place around the country for a number of weeks, with final seedings to be decided tomorrow, Saturday 20 September.

Broadcast: Matches will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 & 2

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The NZ Heartland Under 19 squad is:

Name Provincial Union
Luke Watson buller Buller
Te Whetu Waitoa eastcoast East Coast
Jesse Halls horokapiti Horowhenua-Kapiti
Trent Reti horokapiti Horowhenua-Kapiti
Scott Anderson horokapiti Horowhenua-Kapiti
Nic Barnes coloum5 King Country
Dion Peterson coloum5 King Country
Michael Foden coloum5 King Country
Adam Williamson midcanterbury Mid Canterbury
Seta Korotimana midcanterbury Mid Canterbury
Sione Palaa nthotago North Otago
Sean Taylor povertybay Poverty Bay
Dennis Te Kahika povertybay Poverty Bay
Bryce Shearer sthcanterbury South Canterbury
Nicolas Judd thamesvalley Thames Valley
Josh Turner thamesvalley Thames Valley
Cody Cunningham waibush Wairarapa Bush
Chaz Matthews waibush Wairarapa Bush
Daryl Pickering waibush Wairarapa Bush
James Brett wanganui Wanganui
Mitchell Overton wanganui Wanganui
Zyon Hekenui wanganui Wanganui
Kameli Kuruyabaki wanganui Wanganui
Logan Winter westcoast West Coast
Josh Costello westcoast West Coast



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