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National Maori Rugby U18 Development team named

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allblacks.com     15 Sep 2016     NZR

The team announced by Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board Peter Goldsmith today, is made up of talented school age boys who have been part of New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) E Tu Toa rugby development programme in 2016.

The side will play a Bay of Plenty Maori Te Waiariki U19 team at Rotorua International Stadium at 2pm on Sunday 25 September.

The National Maori Rugby U18 Development team will be coached by Rua Wanoa (Ngati Porou), Reuben Parkinson (Te Whanau-a-Apanui) and supported by Anthony Rehutai (Ngati Porou), and Kahu Carey (Rangitane/Ngati Apa). The team will be managed by Mark Seymour (Ngati Hikairo).

Goldsmith said the development of Maori rugby at the youth level was a big focus for the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board.

“We're dedicated to developing our future talent and this team provides an opportunity for young Maori who have missed out on the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools to be recognised.

“The boys in this team are outstanding rugby players and our goal is to keep them involved in the sport and striving to be better. This team gives them another opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience.”

He said the day will be a celebration of Maori rugby with national schools kapa haka champions Rau Kura performing. Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick will be presented with a taiaha (Te Roto) by NZR to formally recognise the awarding of the Maori All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions match to Rotorua, in 2017.

Match details
Date: Sunday, 25 September
Kick off: 2pm (prior to Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland in round six of the Mitre 10 Cup)
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium

About E Tu Toa
E Tu Toa rugby development camps are open to Maori rugby players of high school age around New Zealand and are run by NZR. The camps focus on tikanga and taha Maori. Young players are encouraged to continue to play rugby and become rangatira within their communities and for their whanau. It is also an opportunity for identifying and developing Maori rugby talent. 

National Maori Rugby U18 Development team

Rhys Reiri - Wairarapa College (Ngati Kahungunu)
Tahu Hollis - Hamilton Boys' High School (Ngati Pukenga, Ngapuhi/ Ngati Porou)
Jarryd Broughton - Gisborne Boys' High School (Nga Ariki Kaiputahi)
Blake Bird - Rotorua Boys' High School (Ngati Kahungunu)
Tane Hohipa - Hastings Boys' High School (Ngati Porou/ Tamatakutai)         
Jarrod Harawira - St Patrick’s College (Silverstream Te Whakatohea/ Rongowhakaata)                      
Jakob Teneti - Gisborne Boys' High School (Ngati Porou/ Te Whanau-a-Apanui)
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta - St Kentigern College (Ngati Porou/ Te Whanau-a-Apanui/ Ngapuhi)
Ronin Ainsley - Te Wharekura o Mauao (Ngaiterangi/ Hauraki/ Te Arawa/ Tainui)
Rameka Poihipi - Hamilton Boys’ High School (Te Arawa)
Hunta Marsh - Hastings Boys’ High School (Ngati Kahungunu)
Judah Andrews - Mid Northern Rugby Club (Te Rarawa/ Ngatiwa/ Ngati Hau)
Devin Te Tai - Whakatane Marist RFC (Ngapuhi/ Ngati Awa/ Ngai Tuhoe)
Regan Wilson - Southland Boys’ High School (Ngai Tuhoe / Ngati Awa)
Rewita Biddle - St Peter’s School Cambridge (Te Whakatohea)
Te Ariki Te Puni - Palmerston North Boys’ High School (Ngati Raukawa/ Rangitane o Manawatu/ Ngati Porou)
Chandler Hayward-Kingi - New Plymouth Boys’ High School (Ngati Maniapoto / Te Ati Awa)
Tanara Haenga - Wainuiomata High School (Ngati Porou)
Gabriel Te Kani - Gisborne Boys’ High School (Ngati Porou)
Tiare Day-Jones - Marist Albion RFC (Ngati Porou/ Ngati Mutunga)
Nathan Rangihuna - Gisborne Boys’ High School  (Ngati Porou/ Ngati Hikairo/ Ngapuhi/ Ngai Tuhoe)
Jackson Borchert - St Peter's College Auckland (Ngati Whatua/ Ngati Porou)
Quade Tapsel - Gisborne Boys' High School (Ngati Porou/ Ngai Taharoa/ Ngati Whakaue)