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HEARTLAND XV named to play NZ MARIST XV

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The following players have been selected for the NZ Heartland XV to play against the NZ Marist XV on Saturday 7th November, 2015 @ TrustHouse Memorial Park , Masterton.

Five Players from Wanganui selected

Cole Baldwin , Fraser Hammond , Bryn Hudson , Lindsay Horrocks , and Stephen Perofeta all get a start on Saturday against NZ Marist in Masterton , while Squad Captain Peter Rowe sits out this match due to suspension he is expected back for the matches against the Australian Barbarians in the two matches next week .

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Heartland XV Head Coach Grant Keenan said the squad had trained well this week and they were excited to get their campaign under way.

“We know that Marist is no pushover and when you’re playing for a prize like the Ian McCrae Cup, both teams will want the silverware.”

Mid-Canterbury’s Jon Dampney has been called into the squad as cover after resident captain Peter Rowe was suspended for one match for foul play in Wanganui’s Meads Cup Final against South Canterbury.

“We’re obviously disappointed to have lost Peter, but we have full faith in the entire squad.  Eric captains his Southern rugby Club in Mid Canterbury so he will be no stranger to leadership on the field.

“Everyone is excited – there’s great energy and enthusiasm in the camp.  Our trainings have been really good, and everyone’s learning from this environment,” Keenan said.

Wanganui Collegiate’s Stephen Perofeta has been handed the conductor’s duties at first-five-eight – a sign of Keenan’s faith in the 18-year-old’s ability to control their play.

“We’re very proud to have a great mix of experience and new blood. The fact that we have Stephen Perofeta out there alongside Lemi Masoe (North Otago) who’s 35, just goes to show you how fantastic Heartland rugby is, and how guys can keep their bodies going for that long,” he said.

New Zealand Heartland plays New Zealand Marist at Trust House Memorial Park, 6pm tomorrow (Saturday) night.

New Zealand Heartland XV fixtures:

Date: Saturday 7 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist
Venue: Trust House Memorial Park, Masterton
Time: 6.00pm
Tickets: Available from the gate on the day

Date: Tuesday 10 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Australian Barbarians
Venue: Levin Domain, Levin
Time: 5.30pm
Tickets: Available from the gate on the day

Date: Friday 13 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Australian Barbarians
Venue: Cooks Gardens, Wanganui
Time: 6.00pm
Tickets: Available from the gate on the day

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