Taranaki Whio looking for improvements in 2019

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Stone has also named a 13-strong development group to provide depth for the Whio. 

After entering the competition for the first time since 2013 last year, Taranaki were unable to nab a victory, but Stone said the campaign was a learning curve and they have improved structures in place this year, more strength and conditioning support and they are coming off a strong club competition. 

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Plenty of experience has returned for the Whio, with Lisa Appert, Sharee Brown, Jalana Smith, Casio Austin, Kate Parkinson, Jessie Aitken-Fowell and Brook Sim all in the mix.

The squad also includeds former New Zealand Under 18 Sevens representatives Iritana Hohaia and Brooke Neilson, as well as New Zealand Maori Under 18 rep Alesha Williams.

Taranaki will play in four Double Headers, one of which will be at home against Tasman at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.

Braydon Peterson and former Taranaki first five Daniel Brookes are Stone’s assistant coaches. 
2018 Farah Palmer Cup result: 
6th in Championship

2019 Farah Palmer Cup fixtures: 

Week 2: Otago v Taranaki, Sun 8 September 2.05pm – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (DH)
Week 3: Taranaki v Tasman, Sat 14 September 12.05pm – Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth (DH)
Week 4: Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki, Fri 20 September 5pm – McLean Park, Napier (DH)
Week 5: Taranaki v Northland, Sat 28 September 2.30pm – TET Stadium, Inglewood 
Week 6: North Harbour v Taranaki, Fri 4 October 5.35pm – North Harbour Stadium (DH)
(DH) – Double Headers with Mitre 10 Cup fixtures

2019 Taranaki Whio squad: 

Alesha Williams, Anna Cole, Awhina Kingi, Bethany Gibbs, Briana Poingdestre, Brooke Neilson, Brooke Sim, Casio Austin, Chelsea Fowler, Donia King, Elle Johns, Emma Andrews, Iritana Hohaia, Jalana Smith, Jessica Lampe, Jessie Aitken-Fowell, Kate Parkinson, Kaya-Rose Kahui, Lavenia Nauga-Grey, Leah Barnard, Lisa Appert, Mikeey Callaghan, Miriam Karalus, Natale-Ann Haupapa, Natasha Hintz, Petra Zwart, Sarah Winter, Sharee Brown, Tiaan Taylor, Victoria McCullough

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