New Zealand Māori Under 18 team named
The New Zealand Māori Rugby Board has announced the Māori Under 18 team for their 2018 programme.
The team will face the New Zealand Schools Barbarians and Fiji Schools in Wellington in a two-match series later this month.
Players were identified through regional and national camps and selected on form from school, regional and club rugby.
New Zealand Māori Board Chair Dr Farah Palmer said it was an exciting programme for the team.
“This team and the programme that it is part of, embodies the principles of Poutamatanga and Taumatatanga that drive Māori Rugby.
“We are very proud of the large number of Māori players who have already been selected to attend the New Zealand Schools camp. Selecting talented Māori players in this team enables us to identify, develop and encourage our next generation of players to show their talent at this level within a Māori environment,” said Dr Palmer.
The team will assemble in Wellington on 22 September before matches against the New Zealand Schools Barbarians (27 September) and Fiji Schools (5 October).
The team is;
|Bailey Gordon||Western Heights High School||Te Arawa|
|Billy Priestly||Gisborne Boys’ High School||Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti|
|Chris Hemi||St Patrick’s College, Silverstream||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Cortez-Lee Ratima||Hamilton Boys’ High School||Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tama|
|Damarus Hokianga||Hastings Boys’ High School||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Daniel Rona||New Plymouth Boys’ High School||Te Atiawa|
|Jack Gray||Ponsonby Rugby Club||Ngāti Whakaue|
|Jayden Walker||Napier Boys’ High School||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Jordan Thompson-Dunn||Hastings Boys’ High School||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Kynan Stowers-Smith||St Bede’s College||Ngāti Tama|
|Leo Ngatai-Tafau||St Peters College (Auckland)||Ngāti Porou, Tainui|
|Leo Thompson||Napier Boys’ High School||Ngai Tā Manuhiri, Ngāti Rangiwewehi|
|Niko Manaena||Southland Boys’ Boys High School||Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Nikora Broughton||Hato Paora College||Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Te Āti Haunui ā Papaprangi|
|Oliver Parkinson||Auckland Grammar School||Te Arawa, Te Rarawa|
|Raniera Peterson||Upper Hutt Rams||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Ruben Love||Palmerston Boys’ High School||Te Atiawa|
|Samuel Sexton-Walton||Karamu High School||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Taylor Dale||Otago Boys’ High School||Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua|
|Te Paea Cook-Savage||St Paul’s Collegiate||Ngai Takato|
|Te Rama Reuben||Rotorua Boys’ High School||Ngāti Awa, Ngati Rangi, Te Arawa|
|Terrell Peita||Mt Albert Grammar||Te Rarawa Kaiwhare|
|Thomas Murray-Edwards||New Plymouth Boys’ High School||Ngati Whakaue|
|Tiaki Fabish||Napier Boys’ High School||Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Whanau ā Apanui|
|Zach Ririnui||Rotorua Boys’ High School||Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui|
Unavailable due to injury: Werohika Witaka and Sione Tuliakiono
The management staff is
|Rua Wanoa||Co-Head Coach||Ngāti Porou|
|Kahu Carey||Co-Head Coach||Rangitane, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō|
|Jeremy Wara||Forwards||Tainui, Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Tiipa|
|Anthony Rehutai||Forwards||Ngāti Porou|
|Ngatai Walker||Backs||Ngāti Porou|
|Stacey Grant||Backs/trainer||Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa|
|Mihaere Emery||Cultural Advisor||Tuhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Raukawa|
|Mark Seymour||Manager||Ngāti Hikairo|
|Tiki Edwards||Campaign Manager||Whakatōhea, Ngāti Raukawa|