NZ Heartland XV to take on NZ Defence Force and NZ Marist     27 Sep 2013    

The New Zealand Heartland XV will be coached by King Country's Kurt McQuilkin with Gerard Scott of South Canterbury coming in as Assistant Coach. The squad assembles in Timaru on 1 November.

Coach Kurt McQuilkin said the New Zealand Defence and New Zealand Marist sides would provide stiff opposition.

"Traditionally, both New Zealand Defence and New Zealand Marist have proved tough sides to beat and I'm sure this year's matches will be no different.

"This year's Pink Batts Heartland Championship has been as exciting and competitive as ever, with a large number of players across all teams showing some exceptional form. I'm confident the two games will be exciting encounters for the fans."

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Community and Provincial Union Rugby Brent Anderson said it was a great to have both games taking place down south.

"I'm sure fans from throughout the region will come out in force for what are always great contests and a fantastic showcase for the stand-out players of the Heartland Championship."

The New Zealand Heartland XV is a selection of the top eligible players from the Pink Batts Heartland Championship and will be named after the semifinals on 19 October.

New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 programme
- NZ Heartland XV v NZ Defence Force, Methven, 5 November, kick-off 2.30pm
- NZ Heartland XV v NZ Marist, Timaru, Saturday 9 November, kick-off 2.30pm