New Zealand Heartland XV named to play New Zealand Marist

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1.    Ralph Darling           North Otago
2.    Hayden Wisnewski      Thames Valley
3.    Scott Cameron            Horowhenua Kapiti
4.    Josh (JJ) Manning        West Coast
5.    Everard Reid            Poverty Bay
6.    Peter Rowe            Wanganui
7.    Dan Hytongue            Buller
8.    Kieran Coll (Captain)        South Canterbury
9.    Lindsay Horrocks        Wanganui
10.    James Lash (Vice Captain)    Buller
11.    Willie Paia’aua            Horowhenua Kapiti
12.    Lemi Masoe            North Otago
13.    James Hemara            King Country
14.    Te Rangatira Waitokia/Maleli Sau    Wanganui/Mid Canterbury
15.    Sam Monaghan            Wairarapa Bush    

16.    Jackson Donlan            Mid Canterbury
17.    Timaru Tafa            South Canterbury
18.    Viki Tofa            Wanganui
19.    Aarin Dunster            King Country    
20.    Eddie Cranston            Wairarapa Bush
21.    Zayn Tipping            King Country
22.    John Koko            King Country
23.    Maleli Sau/Nete Caucau        Mid Canterbury/Mid Canterbury

New Zealand Heartland XV Coach Barry Matthews says the team has gelled well since coming together this week. 

“These are the best players from the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship who are now getting the chance to represent a national side.

“We have selected a starting fifteen we think will work best against Marist this Saturday, and there might be a different lineup against the Fijian sides next week. 

“We have selected Kieran Coll as the new Captain of the Heartland XV. Kieran has played Mitre 10 Cup for Hawkes Bay and has captained South Canterbury for the last couple of years. We wanted to bring in a new captain while Peter Rowe, who has captained the side for a number of years, was still in the team and could support Kieran.”

New Zealand Heartland XV 2016 fixtures:
Date: Saturday 5 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist
Venue: Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Walters Rd, Papakura
Time: 2.00pm

Date: Tuesday 8 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Nadi
Venue: Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji
Time: 5.00pm

Date: Friday 11 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Nadroga
Venue: Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, Fiji
Time: 7.00pm