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block15aFormer New Zealand Heartland Player of the Year, lock Jon Smyth, will help bolster Wanganui’s lineout strength for the Heartland campaign this season.

Smyth, who repped 63 times for Steelform Wanganui between 2007 and 2012, was NZ Heartland Player of the Year in 2011, a NZ Heartland rep in 2010 and 2011, was in champion Wanganui Meads Cup teams in 2008-09-11 and in runner-up sides in 2007-10-12.

The 1.96 metre and 105 kg 30-year-old, who has been playing for the Southern club in Taranaki and comes in as a loan player for the 2015 Pink Batts Heartland season, will greatly improve Wanganui’s tight forward strength. Flanker Daniel FitzGerald, the main lineout jumper in last Saturday’s close win over Horowhenua-Kapiti and scorer of two tries, is out injured for at least another fortnight.

Latest statistics of the 2015 Wanganui squad are :

Steel Form Wanganui Player Stats 2015
Coach: Jason Caskey a3
Asst Coach: Jason Hamlin
Technical Advisor: Shane Ratima
Selector: Marty McGrath
Manager: Chris Back
Physiotherapist: Kent Stembridge
Backs
Name Club Position Ht Wt Games
Troy Brown Ruapehu Mid Field 1.84 95 1
Simon Dibben Marist Winger 1.81 96 28
Zyon Hekenui Ruapehu Fullback 1.79 80 14
Lindsay Horrocks Border Halfback 1.75 86 20
Samu Kubunavanua Utiku OB Wing 1.86 90 8
Areta Lama Kaierau First Five 1.88 91 25
Ace Malo Kaierau Fullback 1.68 89 64
Michael Nabuliwaqa Utiku OB Mid Field 1.74 91 1
Stephen Perofeta Collegiate Wing/Fullback 1.75 85 1
William Short Ruapehu Halfback 1.78 84 9
+ Trinity Spooner-Neera Napier Tech Fullback l.88 95 0
Kane Tamou Ratana Halfback 1.77 81 1
*Poasa Waqanibau Border Mid Field 1.87 100 1
Forwards
Cole Baldwin Border Hooker 1.85 102 74
Daniel FitzGerald Marist Loose 1.92 95 9
Tawhio Gupwell Ruapehu Prop 1.87 123 0
Fraser Hammond Ruapehu Lock 1.91 108 50
Bryn Hudson Ngamatapouri No 8 1.90 113 6
Kieran Hussey Border Loose 1.87 97 6
Kamipeli Latu Border Prop 1.78 116 10
Sam Madams Border Lock 1.95 102 14
Peter Rowe Ruapehu Loose 1.83 103 100
+ Jon Smyth Southern Lock 1.96 105 63
Ranato Tikoilosomone Border Loose 1.82 113 1
Viki Tofa Marist Prop 1.73 110 9
Brett Turner Pirates Prop 1.81 106 17
Roman Tutauha Ruapehu Hooker 1.71 98 28
Malakai Volau Utiku OB No 8 1.85 103 1
+ Loan Player * Overseas Player

 

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