New Zealand Schools 2016 squad announced
Players from 25 secondary schools have been selected for a three-day development camp at AUT Millennium in Auckland on 24 September.
Following this camp selectors will name the 2016 New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Schools Barbarians sides to play Australia and Fiji Schools next month.
The players attending the development camp are:
|Sam||Matenga||Gisborne Boys High School||Prop|
|Kianu||Kereru-Symes||Hastings Boys High School||Prop|
|Robb||Cobb||Mt Albert Grammar School||Prop|
|Michael||Palmer||Mt Albert Grammar School||Prop|
|Tim||Farrell||Napier Boys High School||Prop|
|Damon||Abraham||Sacred Heart College||Prop|
|Tevita||Mafileo||St Kentigern College||Prop|
|Xavier||Numia||St Patrick’s College Wellington||Prop|
|Perry||Karati||Burnside High School||Hooker|
|Bradley||Slater||New Plymouth Boys High School||Hooker|
|Ricky||Jackson||Otago Boys High School||Hooker|
|Flynn||Thomas||Southland Boys High School||Hooker|
|Liam||Bauckman||Hastings Boys High School||Lock|
|Waimana||Reidlinger-Kapa||Mt Albert Grammar School||Lock|
|Cameron||Suafoa||St Peter’s College||Lock|
|Laghlan||McWhannell||St Peter’s School||Lock|
|Naitoa||Ah Kuoi||Wellington College||Lock|
|Joshua||Hill||South Otago High School||Lock|
|Sione||Havili||Auckland Grammar School||Loose Forward|
|Naera||Tipoki||Gisborne Boys High School||Loose Forward|
|Joe||Johnston||King’s College||Loose Forward|
|Will||Tremain||Napier Boys High School||Loose Forward|
|Sam||Dickson||Otago Boys High School||Loose Forward|
|Matene||Ruawai||Palmerston North Boys High School||Loose Forward|
|Hoskins||Sotutu||Sacred Heart College||Loose Forward|
|Kaylum||Boshier||New Plymouth Boys High School||No.8|
|Brayden||Iose||Palmerston North Boys High School||No.8|
|Folou||Fakatava||Hastings Boys High School||Halfback|
|Tim||Hogan||Otago Boys High School||Halfback|
|Te Ra||Whata||Rotorua Boys High School||Halfback|
|Carlos||Price||St Kentigern College||Halfback|
|Lincoln||McClutchie||Hastings Boys High School||First Five|
|Ciarahn||Matoe||King’s College||First Five|
|Kaleb||Trask||Rotorua Boys High School||First Five|
|Harry||Plummer||St Peter’s College||First Five|
|Quinn||Tupaea||Hamilton Boys High School||Second Five|
|Paul||Roache||Mt Albert Grammar School||Second Five|
|Tanielu||Bakulich-Tele’a||St Kentigern College||Second Five|
|Scott||Gregory||Whangarei Boys High School||Second Five|
|Hayze||Perham||Rotorua Boys High School||Centre|
|Billy||Proctor||St Patrick’s College Wellington||Centre|
|Mosese||Dawai||Fielding High School||Wing|
|Vilimoni||Koroi||Fielding High School||Wing|
|Caleb||Clarke||Mt Albert Grammar School||Wing|
|Danny||Toala||Hastings Boys High School||Fullback|
|Niven||Longopoa||Mt Albert Grammar School||Fullback|
New Zealand Rugby’s High Performance Talent Identification Manager Matt Sexton congratulated all those selected.
“We’re really pleased with the calibre of talent to choose from this year which provided us with some tough choices. This is exactly what you want when selecting a squad,” he said.
“We’ve got a really well balanced squad with good depth across all positions so we’re confident we’ll be able to field two very competitive teams at the end of the upcoming camp.
“It’s great to see a core group of players from last year returning to the squad – Tim Hogan, Caleb Clarke, Xavier Numia and Flynn Thomas, along with returning 2015 New Zealand Barbarians Schools players in Ajay Mua, Ciarahn Matoe, Tim Farrell and Brayden Iose. Their experience will certainly be of huge value.
“It’s also really pleasing to see so many schools represented which underlines how healthy the secondary school game is in this country. This bodes well for the future of the game here,” Sexton said.
Unavailable due to injury; Otago Boys’ High School prop Sione Asi (knee) and King’s College midfielder, Bailyn Sullivan (knee).
2016 New Zealand Schools schedule
New Zealand Barbarians Schools v Australia Schools
NZ Schools v Fiji Schools
Mt Albert Grammar, Auckland
New Zealand Barbarians Schools v Fiji Schools
New Zealand Schools v Australia Schools
Auckland Grammar, Auckland.