A national Under 18 Māori Rugby Development team has been selected, for the first time, to play a curtain raiser match before the Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland in round six of the Mitre 10 Cup next Sunday.
The team announced by Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board Peter Goldsmith today, is made up of talented school age boys who have been part of New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) E Tu Toa rugby development programme in 2016.
The side will play a Bay of Plenty Māori Te Waiariki U19 team at Rotorua International Stadium at 2pm on Sunday 25 September.
The National Māori Rugby U18 Development team will be coached by Rua Wanoa (Ngāti Porou), Reuben Parkinson (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) and supported by Anthony Rehutai (Ngāti Porou), and Kahu Carey (Rangitāne/Ngāti Apa). The team will be managed by Mark Seymour (Ngāti Hikairo).
Goldsmith said the development of Māori rugby at the youth level was a big focus for the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board.
“We’re dedicated to developing our future talent and this team provides an opportunity for young Māori who have missed out on the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools to be recognised.
“The boys in this team are outstanding rugby players and our goal is to keep them involved in the sport and striving to be better. This team gives them another opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience.”
He said the day will be a celebration of Māori rugby with national schools kapa haka champions Rau Kura performing. Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick will be presented with a taiaha (Te Roto) by NZR to formally recognise the awarding of the Māori All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions match to Rotorua, in 2017.
Date: Sunday, 25 September
Kick off: 2pm (prior to Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland in round six of the Mitre 10 Cup)
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium
About E Tu Toa
E Tu Toa rugby development camps are open to Māori rugby players of high school age around New Zealand and are run by NZR. The camps focus on tikanga and taha Māori. Young players are encouraged to continue to play rugby and become rangatira within their communities and for their whānau. It is also an opportunity for identifying and developing Māori rugby talent.
National Māori Rugby U18 Development team
NAME – SCHOOL – IWI
- Rhys Reiri
Wairarapa College – Ngāti Kahungunu
- Tahu Hollis
Hamilton Boys’ High School – Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāpuhi/ Ngāti Porou
- Jarryd Broughton
Gisborne Boys’ High School – Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi
- Blake Bird
Rotorua Boys’ High School – Ngāti Kahungunu
- Tane Hohipa
Hastings Boys’ High School – Ngāti Porou/ Tamatakutai
- Jarrod Harawira
St Patrick’s College, Silverstream – Te Whakatōhea/ Rongowhakaata
- Jakob Teneti
Gisborne Boys’ High School – Ngāti Porou/ Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
- Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta
St Kentigern College – Ngāti Porou/ Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/ Ngāpuhi
- Ronin Ainsley
Te Wharekura o Mauao – Ngāiterangi/ Hauraki/ Te Arawa/ Tainui
- Rameka Poihipi
Hamilton Boys’ High School – Te Arawa
- Hunta Marsh
Hastings Boys’ High School – Ngāti Kahungunu
- Judah Andrews
Mid Northern Rugby Club – Te Rarawa/ Ngātiwa/ Ngāti Hau
- Devin Te Tai
Whakatane Marist RFC – Ngāpuhi/ Ngāti Awa/ Ngāi Tūhoe
- Regan Wilson
Southland Boys’ High School – Ngāi Tūhoe / Ngāti Awa
- Rewita Biddle
St Peter’s School Cambridge – Te Whakatōhea
- Te Ariki Te Puni
Palmerston North Boys’ High School – Ngāti Raukawa/ Rangitāne o Manawatū/ Ngāti Porou
- Chandler Hayward-Kingi
New Plymouth Boys’ High School – Ngāti Maniapoto / Te Āti Awa
- Tanara Haenga
Wainuiomata High School – Ngāti Porou
- Gabriel Te Kani
Gisborne Boys’ High School – Ngāti Porou
- Tiare Day-Jones
Marist Albion RFC – Ngāti Porou/ Ngāti Mutunga
- Nathan Rangihuna
Gisborne Boys’ High School – Ngāti Porou/ Ngāti Hikairo/ Ngāpuhi/ Ngāi Tūhoe
- Jackson Borchert
St Peter’s College Auckland – Ngāti Whātua/ Ngāti Porou
- Quade Tapsel
Gisborne Boys’ High School – Ngāti Porou/ Ngai Taharoa/ Ngāti Whakaue