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Heartland XV squad selected for two-match series

allblacks.com     23 Oct 2013    

The squad features a good cross section of players from across the Pink Batts Heartland Championship with representatives from nine sides including four players from Meads Cup Finalists North Otago and three players from hosts Mid Canterbury. The squad feature ten debutants in the Heartland XV black jersey.

New Zealand Rugby Chairman Mike Eagle said those selected would wear the Heartland XV jersey with pride and do their best to represent Heartland Rugby and their Union well.

“For many players, pulling on the coveted Heartland XV black jersey is a huge achievement in their rugby careers and a truly special experience.

“Traditionally, matches against New Zealand Defence and New Zealand Marist sides have been very competitive, providing a great showcase for some of the most impressive players of the Pink Batts Heartland Championship.”

Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin said the competitiveness of the Pink Batts Championship this year, with some players moving up to ITM Cup, ensured there were a number of players across all the sides vying for contention

“We’re confident we’ve got great depth in all positions with a good blend of experience and youth in the squad.

“The competition for places was very tight, particularly at lock and loose forward, with a number of home-grown players excelling this year. We’ve also got some exciting talent coming in on the wing and at fullback who have made the squad for the first time.

“With seven players taking to the field this weekend in the Mead Cup and another five in the Lochore Cup, we know we have some great talent in our national squad.”

The team assembles in Timaru on Friday 1 November.

New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 programme

NZ Heartland XV v NZ Defence Force, Methven, 5 November, 2.30pm
NZ Heartland XV v NZ Marist, Timaru, Saturday 9 November, kick-off 2.30pm
Pink Batts Heartland Championship
Meads Cup Final - Mid Canterbury v North Otago, Ashburton, 26 October, 1.35pm
Lochore Cup Final – South Canterbury v Buller, Timaru, 27 October, 2.35pm

New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 Squad

Forwards

Matt Fetu South Canterbury
Shaun McDonough Wanganui
Ralph Darling North Otago
Troy Tauwhare West Coast
Nathan Tubb South Canterbury
Nick Cranston Wanganui
Eric Duff North Otago
Lachie McFadzean Wairarapa Bush
Lee Nelmes Buller
Jon Dampney Mid Canterbury
Peter Rowe (Captain) Wanganui
Lasa Ulukuta Wanganui
Riki Waitoa East Coast

Backs

William McKenzie Mid Canterbury
Andrew Stephens Buller
Tim Priest West Coast
Glen Walters Wairarapa Bush
Fa’aitu Tuamoheloa South Canterbury
Tau Moeke East Coast
Lemi Masoe North Otago
Dwayne Burrows Mid Canterbury
Whaimotu Craft-Chemis East Coast
Chris Talanoa North Otago
Mike Tambour Horowhenua-Kapiti