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MEDIA RELEASE:- Wanganui Squad announced for Pre-Season



The Selection Panel of the Wanganui Heartland Team, has named a squad of 26 younger, less experienced players for the pre-season game against Manawatu B & Wairarapa Bush to be held at the Rugby Institute, Palmerston North on Wednesday the 24th of June.

Head Coach, Jason Caskey feels the two half games against these two teams gives the Coaching team & Selectors an ideal opportunity to test the younger players against tougher competition.  With the Heartland Competition kicking off on the 22nd of August this early pre-season game will be treated as another trial for some of these players and gives them a chance to push for selection into the Heartland Squad.

Wanganui Squad for Pre-Season Game
Rugby Institute, Palmerston North
Wednesday, 24 June 2015


WAQANIBAU, Poasa Back Border
KURUYABAKI, Kameli Back Kaierau
LAMA, Areta Back Kaierau
BALEITAVUKI, Isi Back Ngamatapouri
TAMOU, Kane Back Ratana
BROWN, Troy Back Ruapehu
HEKENUI, Zion Back Ruapehu
SHORT, William Back Ruapehu
FLAWS, Jaye Back Taihape
NICHOLLS, Brett Back Taihape
KUBUNAVANUA, Samu Back Utiku
NABULIWAQE, Michael Back Utiku
HUSSEY, Keryn Forward Border
LATU, Kampeli Forward Border
MADAMS, Sam Forward Border
ULUKUTA, Bobo Forward Border
HERRING, Manu Forward Marist
HUDSON, Bryn Forward Ngamatapouri
RATUGOLEA, Apenisa Forward Ngamatapouri
TURNER, Brent Forward Pirates
GUPWELL, Tawhio Forward Ruapehu
HAKARAIA, Gabriel Forward Ruapehu
TUTAUHA, Roman Forward Ruapehu
CAMPBELL, Jackson Forward Ruapehu
MITCHELL, Liam Forward Te Kawau (Manawatu)
VOLAU, Malakai Forward Utiku

Two training sessions are scheduled prior to the pre-season game on the 24th of June, as follows:

Training Session

Wednesday, 10 June at 6.00 pm (Cooks Gardens)
Wednesday, 17 June at 6.00 pm (Cooks Gardens)

It is expected that all players selected be available to attend both Training sessions, but if players are unavailable please contact the Head Coach, Jason Caskey on 027 494 1022.

Bridget Belsham

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