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Happenings: Other News from around Wanganui Rugby

JUNIOR RUGBY: While their Premier side left Whanganui empty-handed, there were still championship celebrations for the Taihape club as the Taihape Vets Under 13’s defeated McDougal Earthmoving Kaierau U13 in a 30-27 thriller on Saturday. The Under 13’s final was played at Spriggens Park after being moved from Cooks Gardens due to Covid-19 restrictions.  (Above : photo supplied by Jamin Hawley)

DEVELOPMENT XV: A Wanganui Development XV squad has been selected to play a one-off fixture for 2020 against Manawatu Academy on Wednesday night at Cooks Gardens, kickoff 7pm. The team is: Jack van Bussel (Kaierau), Jack Yarrall (Marist), Shade Tuaine-Whanau (Ratana), Stan Puapii (Kaierau), Kohlt Coveny (Kaierau), Brad O’Leary (Marist), Toby Lennox (Border), Dawson Sisson (Ruapehu), Mairangi Tamehana (Ngamatapouri), Lennox Shanks (Taihape), Ollie Rhodes (Taihape), Semi Vodosese (Border), Tawhiwhi Karaitiana (Ratana), Arasi Filo (Ratana), Dylan Bowater (Kaierau), Cam Davies (Kaierau), James Stratton (Utiku OB), Logan Blackburn (Collegiate/Ruapehu), Pati Leo (Marist), Dillon Adrole (Kaierau), Tawera Puohotaua (Kaierau), Rangi Kui (Marist), Tiari Mumby (Taihape), Dominic Devine (Metro), Ioani Aki (Marist), Jack O’Leary (Metro). Coach: Carl Gibson.

UNDER 18: Three Whanganui players, two boys and a girl, have been selected to attend the 2020 Barbarians Hurricanes Under 18 high performance camp. They are Logan Henry, Ezra Malo and Riana Tamati. Feilding High’s Aj Malili-Malo-Luano, a former Kaierau junior, has also been chosen.

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