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NRC ALL STARS: AUSTRALIAN BARBARIANS SQUAD ANNOUNCED TO TOUR NEW ZEALAND

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The ARU has announced a 26-man Australian Barbarians squad to tour New Zealand in November, made up of the best performing non-contracted players from the 2015 NRC regular season. 

The Barbarians will play two matches against the Heartland XV, a side selected from non-contracted players playing in New Zealand’s Heartland Championship. 

The Australian side will be coached by NSW Country’s Darren Coleman and UC Vikings coach Brad Harris, with the ARU’s Adrian Thompson and former Wallaby Steven Hoiles all part of the selection committee. 

“This tour is a really good opportunity for players that have already made the step up to the NRC to push their claim for further honours. It is also the perfect opportunity for the selected players to play in a different environment,” Thompson said. 

“We’ve selected a young side that I’m sure will meet a Heartland XV team that will be tough and physical. I’m certain they’ll be excited at this unique opportunity to play a touring Australian team.” 

All nine NRC teams are represented in the squad, which has an average age of just 23, with NSW Country (7) and the UC Vikings (4) dominating the squad. 

Australian Barbarians squad to tour New Zealand 
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Cameron Orr (Greater Sydney Rams) – aged 20 
Hayden Hirismaki (Queensland Country) – aged 27 
Tyrel Lomax (UC Vikings) – aged 19 
Duncan Chubb (Melbourne Rising) – aged 27 

Hookers 
Luke Holmes (North Harbour Rays) – aged 31 
Ryan Dalziel (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 27 

Locks 
Matt Philip (Sydney Stars) – aged 21 
Ben Hyne (Brisbane City) – aged 21 
Phil Potgieter (Queensland Country) – aged 20 

Backrow 

Waita Setu (Brisbane City) – aged 23 
Rowan Perry (UC Vikings) – aged 21 
Sam Figg (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 23 
Dean Oakman-Hunt (UC Vikings) – aged 22 
Pauli Tuala (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 30 
Mark Baldwin (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 22 

Halfbacks 
Mitch Short (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 20 
Dewet Roos (Greater Sydney Rams) – aged 25 

Flyhalf 
Rod Iona (UC Vikings) – aged 24 

Centres 
Reece Hodge (North Harbour Rays) – aged 21 
Andrew Robinson (Sydney Stars) – aged 21 
Tom Hill (North Harbour Rays) – aged 25 
Charlie Clifton (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 24 

Outside backs 
Maalonga Konelio (Perth Spirit) – aged 26 
Paul Asquith (Greater Sydney Rams) – aged 22 
Jarome McKenzie (CSU Country Eagles) – aged 24 
Harry Jones (Sydney Stars) – aged 19 

Co-coaches 
Darren Coleman (CSU Country Eagles) 
Brad Harris (UC Vikings)

 


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