THREE classy Wanganui rugby players have been named in the wider Hurricanes Under-18 squad to take part in the annual development camp in Feilding next month.
Wanganui High School 1st XV players Chris Breuer and Daniel Kauika have been named alongside Wanganui Collegiate first-five eighth Stephen Perofeta. Breuer is a lock, while Kauika usually plays at fullback, but is also a handy No10.
While just three of the 57 players named were officially under the Wanganui banner, four included under Manawatu have strong Wanganui connections.
Liam Giltrap is a former Wanganui lad, while Jona Nareki is a former Wanganui City College boy and Vilimoni Korori a former Wanganui High School student. Thomas Stewart is from Mangamahu and a cousin to Sam Malcolm who close to making the New Zealand team for the Under-20 World Rugby Cup now being contested in Italy.
57 of the Hurricanes region’s top under 18 years of age rugby players, have been selected to take part in the annual Development Camp being held in Feilding, from 6 to 10 July.
Representing 21 different secondary schools, 17 of the players are from Wellington, 15 from Hawkes Bay, 11 from Manawatu, 6 from Poverty Bay, 4 from Wairarapa-Bush, 3 from Wanganui and 1 from East Coast.
Camp Director and Hurricanes Development Coach Darren Larsen is looking forward to working with those who’ve been selected.
“The Camp is run by a group of the region’s top rugby development people, including trainers, nutritionists and mental skills coaches. We aim that the Camp will help those selected to take another step forward in the achievement of their rugby goals.”
Convenor of Selectors, David King said the quality of those nominated by their schools made the process of selecting a final group to participate in the Camp a challenging task.
“The Hurricanes region is fortunate to have a large number of secondary schools offering strong rugby development for our teenage players, which made this year’s selection process particularly demanding. Of those nominated, we believe we have selected the best representation of skills and talent for 2015.”
The U18 Development Camp forms part of the comprehensive programme for teenage rugby administered by the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council. Council Chairman, Gordon Noble-Campbell said.
“This Camp is but one of a number of exciting development opportunities for players in our region this year, including the Under 16 Tournament, Under 19 Seeding Tournament for the Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament and the Under 20 Heartland Development Series.
We hope that all those selected for this Camp take full advantage of the opportunity they have been given.”
The players selected are as follows.
Chris Breuer, Daniel Kauika, and Stephen Perofeta
Levi Harmon, Bruce Kauika-Peterson, Ben Taylor, and Ueta Tufuga Piopa.
- East Coast
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidevita
- Hawkes Bay
Tiaan Falcon, Tim Farrell, Mathias Konia, Mike Livingston, Lincoln McClutchie, Tyla McNeil, Marino Mikaele-Tuu, Antonio Mikaele-Tuu, Al Moimoisea, Wirangi Parata, Ethan Pritchard, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Jack Smith-Ballingall, Danny Toala, and William Tremain.
Sione Asi, Chris Cairns, Tai Durie, Tevita Fehoko, Liam Giltrap, Braydon Iose, Jack Kinder, Vilimoni Korori, Jona Nareki, Thomas Stewart, and Regan Sword.
- Poverty Bay
Saigeon Carmichael, Angus McDonald, Hunter Mokomoko, Michael Tabudravu, Naera Tipoki, and Isaia Walker-Leawere.
Asafo Aumua, Josh Brown, Kevin Fauatea, Alex Fidow, Losi Filipo, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Jimmy Hewitt, Maile Koloto, Henry Mexted, Brandon Mudzekenyedzi, Sefo Numia, Ben Power, Billy Proctor, Jarimar Shuster, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Peter Umaga-Jensen and Foliga Vaalepu-Austin.