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NZ Heartland XV team named for 2nd match vs Vanua Fiji (9th Nov 2019)

The New Zealand Heartland XV line up for their last match of the year today against the Vanua XV in Fiji.

After a tense 12-7 win over their rivals earlier in the week, Coach Mark Rutene has made six changes to the starting line up for today’s match.

Captain Brett Ranga again pulls on the number eight jersey and is flanked by Nathan Kendrick and Hone Haerewa, the latter who scored the opening try in Wednesday’s match.

Sione Holani is promoted from the bench to form an experienced midfield pairing with Peni Nabainivalu.

Robbie Smith and Tim Priest combine at halfback and first five-eighths after playing off the bench on Wednesday.

Today’s match is the last on the New Zealand Heartland XV schedule for 2019, which saw a historic match against Samoa at Eden Park in the Pasifika Challenge II in July.

Last week the team played their annual fixture against NZ Marist, going down 19-29 against an experience Marist team.

TEAM NAME: NZ Heartland XV
DATE: 9th November 2019
KICK OFF: 3:00pm ( 4pm NZ Time)
1 Loosehead Prop Ralph Darling
North Otago
2 Hooker Anthony Ellis
3 Tighthead Prop Tyler Kearns
West Coast
4 Left Lock Campbell Hart (VC)
5 Right Lock Sam Liebezeit
West Coast
6 Blindside Flanker Hone Haerewa
East Coast
7 Openside Flanker Nathan Kendrick
8 Number Eight Brett Ranga ( C )
Thames Valley
9 Halfback Robbie Smith
North Otago
10 First Five Eight Tim Priest
Wairarapa Bush
11 Left Wing Patrick Pati
North Otago
12 Second Five Sione Holani
West Coast
13 Centre Peni Nabainivalu
14 Right Wing Willie Paia’aua (VC)
15 Fullback Himiona Henare
16 Hooker Troy Tauwhare
West Coast
17 Prop Meli Kolinisau
North Otago
18 Prop Carl Carmichael
King Country
19 Loose Forward Chulainn Mabbett-Sowerby
King Country
20 Loose Forward Seta Koroitamana
Mid Canterbury
21 Halfback Willie Wright
South Canterbury
22 Mid Field Back Jaxon Tagavaitau
23 Outside Back Alex Thrupp
King Country

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