Update - Heartland XV to play New Zealand Marist XV     14 Nov 2009

Whetu Barber (Hastings Rugby & Sports)
Andrew Boyd (Greerton Marist)
Steven Bradshaw (Hutt OB Marist)
Dean Cummins (Ardmore Marist)
Sam Durie (Greymouth Marist)
Dan Goodwin (Whangarei Marist)
Frank Halai (Hamilton Marist)
Willie Ioane (Palmerston North OB Marist)
Steelie Koro (Wanganui Marist)
Lagen Kumeroa (Tukapa, New Plymouth)
Patrick Leafa (Auckland Marist)
Jono Nauomo (OB Marist Gisborne)
Rowan O'Gorman (Marist Albion, Christchurch)
Palonga Pedro (Hutt OB Marist)
Mike Pehi (Nelson Marist)
Waisea Qoikata (Palmerston North OB Marist)
Corey Reid (Masterton Marist)
Tua Saseve (Marist North Harbour)
Peter Sciascia (Marist St Pats, Wellington)
Dane Shelford (Napier OB Marist)
Scott Waldrom (Tukapa, New Plymouth)
Chris Walker (Tukapa, New Plymouth)

Coach: Donny Stevenson (Whangarei Marist)
Manager: Robert Lochhead (Wanganui Marist)
Assistant Managers: Brent Gare (Masterton Marist), Paul Aporo (Masterton Marist)

The Heartland XV will play a one--off game against a New Zealand Marist XV in Masterton on Saturday 14 November, providing recognition to those players who have excelled in this year’s Heartland Championship.

New Zealand Rugby Union General Manager Provincial and Community Rugby Brent Anderson said the game will be a fantastic occasion for both teams and for the Wairarapa which has agreed to host it.

The one-off match follows the Heartland XV’s landmark tour to the USA in 2008.

“Given the significance of last year’s tour, we had expected we would only be able to name a paper selection in 2009, but discussions over recent weeks have resulted in the opportunity to arrange this fixture for the benefit of both teams,” said Anderson.

“We are delighted that New Zealand Marist were able to assemble a side at short notice for this match, and this also provides a great chance for Marist players throughout the country to represent their family of clubs,” he said.

New Zealand Marist President Richard McCrea said: "This game allows the Federation of Marist clubs to recognise and reward individuals who have contributed to their clubs and provinces; and it also provides an opportunity to foster stronger relationships between all Marist clubs. New Zealand Marist is confident it can field a competitive team that will challenge the Heartland XV."

The Heartland XV selections will be finalised following this weekend’s Meads and Lochore Cup Finals and will be announced early next week.