2005 New Zealand Divisional XV squad named     25 Oct 2005    

Seven new players were included in the squad - 2004 New Zealand Schools captain Hikawera Elliott, his Hawke’s Bay teammates Bryn Evans, Tom Symes and Daniel Waenga, Counties Manukau’s Lelia Masaga as well as North Otago’s Ryan McCarthy and Faaitu Tuamoheloa.

The 24-strong squad features a total of nine players from Hawke’s Bay, five from Air New Zealand NPC Division Two runners-up Nelson Bays, three from North Otago, two from Counties Manukau, two from Wanganui, two from Marlborough and one from Manawatu.

The team will be captained by Michael Johnson of Hawke’s Bay.

New Zealand Divisional XV coach Glenn Moore said he was impressed with the quality of rugby played in this year’s Air New Zealand NPC.

“We go into the two matches in Fiji in the knowledge that we have players who played well this year,” Moore said.

The side will play against a Fiji Barbarians team on 29 October and against Fiji on 2 November.

The squad assembles in Auckland tomorrow and departs for Nadi at 8am on Thursday 27 October on Air New Zealand flight NZ58.

New Zealand Divisional XV squad: Aaron Bancroft (Marlborough), Gavin Briggs (Nelson Bays), Mark Bright (Nelson Bays), Hikawera Elliott (Hawke’s Bay), Bryn Evans (Hawke’s Bay), Tafai Ioasa (Hawke’s Bay), Michael Johnson (captain, Hawke’s Bay), Robbie Malneek (Nelson Bays), Tim Manawatu (Counties Manukau), Kahu Marfell (Nelson Bays), Lelia Masaga (Counties Manukau), Ryan McCarthy (North Otago), Campbell Mackenzie (North Otago), Rudolph Meredith (Nelson Bays), Clint Newland (Hawke’s Bay), Mutu Ngarimu (Hawke’s Bay), Davis Norman (Hawke’s Bay), Lee Peina (Wanganui), Mark Stewart (Marlborough), Tom Symes (Hawke’s Bay), Mike Thompson (Wanganui), Hayden Triggs (Manawatu), Faaitu Tuamoheloa (North Otago) and Daniel Waenga (Hawke’s Bay).

New Zealand Divisional XV schedule:
Saturday 29 October: v Fiji Barbarians, Nadi
Wednesday 2 November: v Fiji, Lautoka