Southern Cross Campus have been given an extra life and a chance to advance to the SAS College Rugby League grand final in two weeks, after taking down fourth-placed Mt Albert 28-10 in their semi-final (Game B) yesterday afternoon.
Wet conditions left both sides struggling with ball control, but it didn’t take long for the home side to gain momentum and make their way down field.
Southern Cross standoff Eric Poiri Wichman kicked high to the right with centre Paea Fotu receiving the ball to put first points on the board. Halfback Samuel Nat converted for an early 6-0 lead.
The south Auckland school scored another in quick concession. Again, off the boot of Wichman left-centre Samuela Fisiitalia was quick on his feet grounding the ball in goal to collect their second.
Ten minutes into the first half and Southern Cross were up 10-0 with 15 minutes to go.
Finally holding onto the ball, Mt Albert scored a last minute try to reduce the deficit to 10-4, but the conversion went out wide leaving the score 10-4 to Southern Cross at the break.
There was no stopping the home side who - in front of a large and very vocal crowd at Southern Cross in Mangere - were straight out the gates in the second stanza adding another 12 points to their score board to lead 22-4.
With ten minutes remaining Mt Albert looked destined for defeat, but a powerful and determined Lewis Afeaki stormed through the pack presenting an opportunity for standoff Anotnio Wulf to cross over the line. Halfback Emmanual Kelly converted to get up 10-22.
It looked like the game was over, but in the final seconds of the match, Southern Cross hit back with one last try to claim a 28-10 victory at full-time.
Southern Cross coach Rod Ratu said his side were better prepared for this week's game following their defeat against St Paul's last Wednesday.
"After the long break - school holidays and what have you - it was hard for them to find their rhythm… last week's loss was a bit of a wake-up call," he said.
"Today's performance is what's expected of them."
"They've played consistently throughout the season and there's no reason we can't make this year's grand finale."
Southern Cross 28 (Paea Fotu, Samuela Fisiitalia, Spencer Poimatagi, Samuela Lauhingoa, Nitoa Kairau tries; Samuel Nat x4 goals) Mt Albert Grammar 10 (Venuka Mausala, Anotnio Wulf tries; Emmanuel Kelly x1 goal).
Meanwhile in the SAS College Rugby League Game of the Round (1 v 2) Kelston Boys' have advanced through to this year's premier championship grand final, edging past defending champions St Paul's College 10-4.
Southern Cross's win coupled with St Paul's loss will see them go head-to-head in next week's major final.
"It's always a tough game when we come up against Kelston," said St Paul's captain Daetyn Tanuvasa.
"We've got another physical battle against Southern Cross next week… all we can do is keep our heads up and look at what we need to bring to next week's game.
Kelston Boys' 10 (Joseph Onyeke, Anderson Mafi tries; Konrao Tu'ua x1 goal) St Paul's 4 (Matthew Palu x1 try).
The SAS College Rugby League Game of the Round St Paul's v Southern Cross' will be streamed live next Wednesday August 9 on www.aucklandleague.co.nz from 4pm.
In other games, Aorere took down Papatoetoe 20-4 to secure the fifth position in the premier championship final placings.
Wesley College will play in this year's premier plate grand final following their win over Manurewa 16-10 yesterday. Manurewa will play Western Springs next Wednesday August 9 to see who will advance to play Wesley the week following.
SAS College Rugby League results for Wednesday August 2
Kelston Boys 10 St Paul's 4
Southern Cross 28 Mt Albert Grammar 10
Aorere 20 Papatoetoe 4
Wesley 16 Manurewa 10
Western Springs 12 Westlake Boys 10
James Cook Puutake 12 Southern Cross 10
Pakuranga 20 Sir Edmund Hillary 16
Papakura 16 Lynfield 34
Selwyn v Aorere (Aorere default)
Westlake Boys bye
Avondale 22 Southern Cross 16
St Paul's 44 Sir Edmund Hillary 12
Aorere v Onehunga (Aorere default)
Manurewa v Henderson TBA
SAS College Rugby League semi-final fixtures
SAS College Rugby League points tables
New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 18s and Taurahere wider squads for their September 23 match-up.
The two sides will face off against each other in hopes of earning a spot in the New Zealand 18s team who will take on the Australian Schoolboys in late September.
2015 was the last time a NZ 18s fixture took place where the NZ Resident 18s were defeated by the Australian Schoolboys in both encounters.
This year presents the first opportunity for players at 18s level to wear the black jersey. The selection for this team will include, not only the best of those residing in New Zealand (NZ Residents 18s), but also those New Zealanders currently playing in Australia (Taurahere) to create a New Zealand 18s side that represents the best of New Zealand.
New Zealand 18s Head Coach Ezra Howe says the fixtures will further strengthen the NZRL pathways for youth wanting to reach the pinnacle of rugby league in New Zealand.
“This is a great opportunity for the boys to put their best foot forward playing against Australia while enjoying being in an elite environment.
“Players like James Fisher-Harris who was part of the Taurahere programme when it first started back in 2014, show that these pathways provide a good foundation to then go on and represent New Zealand at the highest level.
“I know this fixture will see a good standard of football being played from both teams with many talented boys to take the field.
“Being a part of these programmes is just as rewarding for the coaching staff as it is for the players so I am thankful to NZRL for this opportunity,” he says.
Both sides will be cut down to 18-man squads by September 12 ahead of the fixture.
New Zealand Resident 18s v Taurahere
Saturday 23 September
New Zealand Resident 18s wider squad:
*last zone represented as per LeagueNet
Akarana: Chanel Harris-Tevita, Elijah Sufia, Emanuel Gerard Tuimavave, Javvier Pitovao, Lewis Afeaki, Lewis Sio, Matt Timoko, Reagan Mclennan, Soane Hufanga, Starford Toa, Tyler Slade, Vito Tevaga; Auckland Development: Tutuki Kamana-Pou; Counties: Asu Kepaoa, Dredin Sorenson-McGee, Israel Ogden, Keanu Laumati-Paki; Mid Central: Awatere Kiwara, Wesley Veikoso; Northland: Paul Turner; Southern: Daniel Sakisi, Jordan Riki, Seth Tauamiti; Upper Central: Hayze Perham, Sheldon Rogers.
Head Coach - Moehewa Armstrong
Assistant Coach - Alan Ettles
Manager - Ben Vaipaata
Trainer - Marrin Haggie
Physio - Ulima Tofi
Taurahere wider squad
Brisbane Broncos: Dre Ngatui-Woe; Canberra Raiders: Sebastian Kris; Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs: Lauchlan Talau, Tommy Talau; Cronulla Sharks: Cruise Topai-Aveai; Gold Coast Titans: Moeaki Fotuaika, Darius Farmer, Jackson Paulo, Reihana Marsh; Manly Sea Eagles: Semisi Kioa, Zaane Weatherall, Keith Titums; Newcastle Knights: Will Finau; North Queensland Cowboys: Murray Taulagi, Sean Mullany, Peter Hola; Parramatta Eels: Haze Dunster, Joseph Taipari, Oregan Kaufusi, Vallance Harris, John Fonua, Tui Afuola; Penrith Panthers: Sean Blore; South Sydney Rabbitohs: Mawene Hiroti, Tyrone Taukamo; St. George Illawarra Dragons: Steven Marsters ; Sydney Roosters: Baylee Bentley-Hape.
Head Coach - Rangi Hiroti
Assistant Coach - Tim McIntyre
Manager - Antony Bosley
Trainer - Lee Paru
Physio - David Close
Originally Published on NZRL.co.nz
New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 16s side to take on the Maori Rugby League 17s later this month.
The 18-strong squad will set out to follow in the footsteps of Steven Marsters and Chanel Harris-Tavita who were instrumental in the NZ Resident 16s team that last took to the field in 2014, both of whom went on to play for the Junior Kiwis.
These players have been identified as the best talent at 16s level from across New Zealand.
To watch the live stream of the game follow the @NZLeague Facebook page.
NZ Resident 16s v NZ Maori 17s
Rotorua, Puketewhero Park
NZ Resident 16s team:
Akarana: Christian Tuipulotu, Jyris Glaumuzina, Nathaneal Sasagi, Temple Kalepo, Jona Polota-Kopa, Junior Tuleisu; Counties: Aamon Dean, Brian Lealiifano, Diaz Taihia, Kaya Cuthers, Marco Talagi, Semisi Tapa, Xavier Stevens-Teo; Southern: Caius Fa’atili, Griffin Neame, Leroy Ferguson; Upper Central: Rayna Whakaari; Auckland Vulcans: Caleb Pese
First Published on NZRL.co.nz
St Paul's College continue to set the pace in the SAS College Rugby League premier division and sit atop the secondary schools competition ladder following their 22-4 win over Mt Albert Grammar School at Grey Lynn Park yesterday (Wednesday July 5, 2017).
The defending champions have had a successful campaign so far, winning three of their four games played in the championship rounds with one draw against traditional foes, Kelston Boys (12 all).
Mt Albert have had just one win in the championship division and sit fourth on the ladder behind Kelston and Southern Cross.
It was a game fought largely in the middle of the park which took 12 minutes for points to be scored.
A dart from close range gave St Paul's hooker Lewis Sio the opening try. Halfback Jaelin Murray converted to lead 6-0.
Mt Albert displayed some gritty defence, but eventually the repeated sets wore them down allowing the home side to cross for another two to take an 18-0 lead at the break.
Settling into the second half, all the momentum sat with St Paul's which saw second rower Christian Tuipulotu storm over for another. The kick went wide leaving it at 22-0.
Finally holding onto the ball and making use of their edges, some simple passing out wide gave Mt Albert centre Kayal Iro the opportunity to score. An unsuccessful conversion left them trailing 4-22.
With 10 minutes left on the clock there was still time to add to the board, but the wet and windy conditions left both sides unsettled with ball control leaving St Paul's to claim a 22-4 victory at full time.
St Paul's College 22 (Mike Williams, Antonio Aufai, Lewis Sio, Christian Tuipulotu tries; Jaelin Murray x3 goals) Mt Albert 4 (Kayal Iro x1 tries) HT: 18-0.
In other games, Kelston Boys took care of Papatoetoe 40-0. Avondale edged past Wesley 26-18 in the Plate division, while Papakura and Pakuranga had successful wins over Lynfield (16-6) and James Cook (22-10) in the Senior A grade.
For fixtures and ladders click here. *Please note these are subject to entry by College Sport.
St Paul's 22 Mt Albert 4 HT: 18-0
Kelston Boys 40 Papatoetoe 0 HT: 16-0
Southern Cross 30 Aorere 0 (by default)
Western Springs 30 Manurewa 0 (by default)
Avondale 26 Wesley 18
Westlake Boys bye
Lynfield 6 Papakura 16 HT: 6-12
James Cook 10 Pakuranga 22 HT: 6-6
Sir Edmund Hilalry 18 Avondale 24 HT: 4-12
St Paul's v Southern Cross TBA
Manurewa v Aorere (default)
Onehhunga v Henderson (default)
The 2017 New Zealand 16s wider squad to play the NZ Maori 17s next month was announced today.
The team last played in 2014 against Samoa in what was a tightly contested match with the NZ Residents coming out on top with a 32 – 26 victory. The 2014 16s team featured 14 players who are now with NRL clubs including young talent Steve Marsters and Chanel Harris-Tavita who both went on to earn a spot in the Junior Kiwis this year.
New Zealand Resident 16s Head Coach, Andrew Auimatagi says “I’m really excited about the talent we have named in the wider training squad for this representative season.
“We have selected players from right across the country who have impressed us in the early stages of their playing careers and who will be working hard to ensure they are named in the final team to play the NZ Maori 17s in late July.
“As it will be the first time for many wearing the New Zealand jersey, it is important for us (as staff) to teach the players about what it means to take those first steps on our representative pathway,” he says.
The re-introduction of this anticipated match into the NZRL calendar is something New Zealand Rugby League’s National Talent Manager, David McMeeken believes will strengthen the pathways for young rugby league players.
“The return of this fixture is a great opportunity for the boys with aspirations to play for their country – it also adds a lot of prestige to the occasion.
“This game will be a challenging and competitive fixture as our NZ 16s gear up to face a strong NZ Maori 17s team, many of whom are also boys that have been through the NZRL pathways,” he says.
The final squad of 18 will be named on 5 July to play in Rotorua at Puketewhero Park on July 22 against the NZ Maori 17s.
2017 New Zealand Resident 16s Wider Training Squad:
Akarana: Christian Tuipulotu, Eteru Ropati, Jyris Glamuzina, Nathanael Sasagi, Temple-Olympia Kalepo, Tuinamo Tepulolo, Jona Palota-Kopa, Keanu Ratumairavuki, Junior Tuileisu; Counties: Aamon Dean, Brian Lealiifano, Diaz Tahia, Kaya Cuthers, Marco Talagi, Semisi Tapa, Xavier Stevens-Teo; Mid Central: Jamie Robertson; Northland: Kiarn Reihana-Ngatoki; Southern: Caius Faatili, Griffin Neame, Leroy Ferguson; Upper Central: Albert Talakai, Ceiza James, Rayna Whakaari; Auckland Vulcans: Caleb Pese, Sione Moala, Soaki Taufa; Wellington: Ilai Tuai, Wyatt So'otaga
(NOTE: as per their last represented zone)
The 2016 SAS College Rugby League runners up Wesley College have fallen short of securing a spot in the championship division of the secondary schools competition this year, kneeling 12-10 to Aorere in the final game of pool play on Wednesday June 7.
With Kelston already through to the next round and Aorere sitting in second position of their pool, Wesley needed to win if they had any chance of making the championship rounds.
Wesley dominated the early exchanges of the game.
Camping deep in the oppositions territory, the home side stormed over for two tries to take a 10-4 lead at the break.
But Aorere's response was perfect.
Gaining plenty of early yardage in the second half, the visitors harassed the fading forwards to score and set up another lifting Aorere to 12 points.
Wesley had the opportunity to score again, but Aorere repeatedly pinned their opponents frustrating them to fundamental errors.
With the siren going in the background and only metres from their line, Wesley had one last chance to take the lead, but Aorere's patience and discipline couldn't be denied edging past Wesley 12-10 at fulltime.
Aorere 12 (Falani Pokino, Xavier Stevens, JB Vave Bulu tries) Welsey 10 (Sam Havili, Taniela Prescott tries; Larenz Tupaea x1 goal).
In other games, Kelston kept their undefeated streak to ensure top qualification from Pool B with a 30-10 victory over Papatoetoe.
Mt Albert performed admirably against perennial heavyweights St Paul's staying in the contest for the full 50 minutes to win 10-8 in Pool A, while Westlake went down 32-8 to Southern Cross ending their hopes of championship progression.
The premiership pools now split into Championship and Plate competitions (refer to attached draw for both divisions).
Kelston, Aorere, Southern Cross, St Paul's, Papatoetoe and Mt Albert will play in the Championship grade while Manurewa, Wesley, Westlake, Avondale and Western Springs play for the Plate.
For fixtures and ladders click here. *Please note these are subject to entry by College Sport.
Premier Pool A
St Paul’s 8 Mt Albert 10 HT: 4-6
Westlake Boys 8 Southern Cross 32 HT: 0-18
Premier Pool B
Wesley 10 Aorere 12 HT: 10-4
Manurewa 30 Western Springs 0 (by default)
Papatoetoe 10 Kelston Boys 30 HT: 0-30
Selwyn 16 Pakuranga 18 HT: 8-6
Aorere B 12 Sir Edmund Hillary 24 HT: TBA
Southern Cross 24 Papakura 6 HT: TBA
James Cook 22 Lynfield 14 HT: 10-6
Westlake Boys bye
St Paul’s 48 Aorere 18
Manurewa 56 Onehunga 14
Avondale 12 Southern Cross 56
Sir Edmund Hillary 36 Henderson 12
The 16s and 18s merit teams have been named from results at this month's NZRL National High Performance Camp at St Peter’s School in Cambridge.
Players selected in these merit teams are rewarded for their stand-out performances at the National High Performance Camp trials last week. A high percentage of these players will make up the core of the NZ 16s and 18s teams to be selected later this year.
Otahuhu’s Semisi Tapa was named 16s Best and Fairest Player after a solid defensive game and scoring in Team Kahu’s 48-16 win over Team Johnson in the first match, while Israel Ogden from Mangere East took home 18s Best and Fairest Player despite his team (Bromwich) losing to Team Blair 46-22 in the 18s match-up.
"It's a massive accomplishment to be recognised as one of the best players in the country," says NZRL Talent Development Manager David McMeeken.
"Hopefully, their selection, along with the lessons they take away from the camp, will provide these players with a stepping stone towards future international and professional careers.
"At this level, whenever you step out on the field, there's always someone watching."
The merit teams are:
NZRL National High Performance Camp Awards 2017:
18s Best & Fairest player – Israel Ogden (Counties)
16s Best & Fairest player – Semisi Tapa (Counties)
Passion award – Brad Campbell (Southern)
Courage award – Xavier Stevens-Teo (Counties)
Leadership award – Christian Tuipulotu (Akarana)
Respect award – Samuel Kamu (Akarana)
Integrity award – Caius Faatili (Southern)
Originally posted by NZRL
Junior Kiwis Head Coach Nathan Cayless has named his team to take on the Junior Kangaroos in next week’s ANZAC Test in Canberra.
Among the players selected for the May 5 Test is Chanel Harris-Tavita who was named 2016 NZRL 18s Player of the Year and 2016 Junior Warriors Rookie of the year.
Harris-Tavita is one of twelve who will debut for the Junior Kiwis and also one of many who have come through the New Zealand Rugby League pathways and attended the annual National High Performance Camp.
Cayless says he is confident the team has what it takes to be competitive against the Junior Kangaroos.
Five players from last year’s Junior Kiwis squad return for the side this year including Isaiah Papali’i, Reimis Smith, Patrick Herbert, Greg Leleisiuao and Siosifa Talakai.
Both Talakai and Papali’i have already made their first-grade NRL debuts, Talakai in 2016 for the Rabbitohs and Papali’i in the opening match of the 2017 season for the Warriors.
2017 Junior Kiwis ANZAC Test squad:
Briton Nikora (debut) (Cronulla Sharks), Caleb Fuimaono (debut) (North Queensland Cowboys) Chanel Harris-Tavita (debut) (New Zealand Warriors), Dane Aukafolau (debut) (Paramatta Eels), Emry Pere (debut) (North Queensland Cowboys), Erin Clark (debut) (New Zealand Warriors), Fabien Puletua-Kiri (debut) (Canberra Raiders), Greg Leleisiuao (Paramatta Eels), Isaiah Papali'I (New Zealand Warriors), Jarome Luai (debut) (Penrith Panthers), Manase Fainu (debut) (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Moeaki Fotuaika (debut) (Gold Coast Titans), Patrick Herbert (St George Illawarra), Reimis Smith (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs) Sione Katoa (debut) (Cronulla Sharks), Siosifa Talakai (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Sitili Tupouniua (Sydney Roosters), Steven Marsters (debut) (St George Illawarra).
Players selected to attend National High Performance Camp
Dillion Vale (Akarana, Albany Senior High, Waitemata, NZ Warriors),
Quinnlan Tupou (Akarana, Botany Downs College, Manurewa, NZ Warriors),
Christian Tuipulotu (Akarana, St Pauls, Ellerslie, NZ Warriors),
Tuinamo Teipulotu (Akarana, Waitemata, NZ Warriors),
Daylen Meredith (Akarana, Avondale College, Mt. Albert),
Jyris Glamuzina (Akarana, Sacred Heart College, Ellerslie, NZ Warriors),
Nathaneal Sasagi (Akarana, Mt Roskill Grammar, Ellerslie),
Samuel Kamu (Akarana, Mt Albert Grammar, Ellerslie, Newcastle Knights),
Soakai Taufa (Akarana, Mangere College, Otahuhu),
Temple Kalepo (Akarana, Kings College, Ellerslie, NZ Warriors),
Brian Lealifano (Counties, Sacred Heart, Otara),
David Aofi (Counties, Otahuhu College, Otahuhu),
Etuala Lui (Counties, Kings College, Otahuhu, Melbourne Storm),
Marco Talagi (Counties, Tangaroa College, Otara),
Talitua Salima Satuia (Counties, De La Salle College, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Xavier Teo-Stevens (Counties, Aorere College, Mangere East, NZ Warriors),
Aamon Dean (Counties, Saint Kentigerns College, Otahuhu, Melbourne Storm),
Keanu Mann (Counties, Papatoetoe High School, Mangere East),
Paea Fotu (Counties, Mangere East, NZ Warriors),
Sam Taunga (Counties, Aorere College, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Semisi Tapa (Counties, St Peters, Otahuhu),
Semisi Sekei (Counties, De La Salle College, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Jamie Lee Robertson (Mid Central, City College, Wanganui Boxon),
Tiaho Hamahona-Taiaroa (Mid Central, Wanganui High School, Wanganui Boxon),
Brooklyn Herewin (Mid Central, Manukura, Wanganui Boxon),
Manny Snooks (Northern, Whangarei Boys High, Portland, Canberra Raiders),
Caius Faatili (Southern, St Thomas of Canterbury, Hornby Panthers, North Queensland Cowboys),
Griffen Neame (Southern, Greymouth High School, Suburbs, North Queensland Cowboys),
Leroy Ferguson (Southern, Otago Boys High, Brisbane Broncos),
Manaia Edwards (Southern, Papanui High School, Papanui Tigers),
Trent Leach (Upper Central, Rotorua Boys High, Pikiao Warriors),
Jay Te Kani (Upper Central, Rotorua Boys High, Ngongotaha),
Rayna Whakaari (Upper Central, Rotorua Boys High, Pikiao Warriors, Sydney Roosters),
Taylor Leef (Upper Central, Hamilton Boys High, Hamilton City Tigers),
Albert Talakai (Upper Central, Westlake Boys High, Ellerslie, NZ Warriors),
Evandor Tererong (Wellington, Rongotai College, Porirua),
Fred Leaupepe Tema (Wellington, Naenae College, Randwick),
Ilai Tuai (Wellington, St Bernard’s College, Randwick),
Maui Wallace (Wellington, Tawa College, Porirua),
Wyatt So’otanga (Wellington, St Bernard’s College, Randwick).
Head Coach - Andrew Auimatagi (Southern)
Assistant Coach – Cody Walker (Akarana)
Manager – Tanya Harris (Counties)
Trainer – Lee Paru (Southern)
Head Coach – Pete Butler (Mid Central)
Assistant Coach – Eugene Davis (Upper Central)
Manager – Mel Mather (Southern)
Trainer – Jason Clarke (Auckland / Akarana)
Starford Toa (Akarana, St Pauls College, Richmond, Newcastle Knights),
Kayal Iro (Akarana, Mount Albert Grammar, Mount Albert Lions, NZ Warriors),
Matthew Timoko (Akarana, Auckland Grammar, Mt Wellington, South Sydney Rabbitohs),
Javvier Pitovao (Akarana, Mount Albert Grammar School, Point Chevalier Pirates, NZ Warriors),
Dredin McGee (Akarana, Building Apprentice, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Michael Lemafa (Akarana, Onehunga High School, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Lewis Afeaki (Akarana, Mt Albert, Sydney Roosters),
Talavou Gavet (Akarana, Kelston Boys High School, Richmond Rovers, NZ Warriors),
Joseph Onyeke (Akarana, Kelston Boys High School, Mt Albert, Canterbury Bulldogs),
Vito Tevaga (Akarana, Marcellin College, Richmond Rovers, Sydney Roosters),
Regan McClennan (Akarana, Orewa College, Mt Albert),
Marcel Connal (Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Aiden Aue (Akarana, Kelston Boys High School, Mt Albert),
Elijah Sufia (Akarana, Kelston Boys High School, New Lynn, NZ Warriors),
Dylan Tavita (Counties, St Pauls College, Richmond, NZ Warriors),
Taylor Fui (Counties, Otahuhu), Samiuela Lauhingoa (Counties, Southern Cross, Mangere East), Israel Ogden (Counties, Mangere East, NZ Warriors),
Uenuku Malesala (Counties, Mt Albert Grammar, Otahuhu, NZ Warriors),
Asu Kepaoa (Counties, Sacred Heart College, Richmond, Sydney Roosters),
Sione Ngahe (Counties, St Pauls College, Mt Albert Lions),
Keanu Paki (Counties, Howick, NZ Warriors),
Potusa Fuilala (Counties, Sacred Heart College, Otahuhu, Sydney Roosters),
Awatere Kiwara (Mid Central, Manakura, Kia Ora Warriors, Sydney Roosters)
Israel Moke (Mid Central, Kia Ora Warriors),
Te Kani Nathan (Northern, Kaitaia College, Hikurangi Stags),
Hoani Rogers-Brown (Northern / Akarana, Dargaville high School, Hikurangi Stags),
Daniel Sakisi (Southern, Shirley Boys High, Celebration Lions),
Jordan Riki (Southern, St Thomas of Canterbury, Hornby Panthers, Brisbane Broncos),
Seth Tauamiti (Southern, St Thomas of Canterbury, Papanui Tigers),
Chanel Feala (Southern, Shirley Boys High, Linwood Keas),
Brad Campbell (Southern, Greymouth High School, Suburbs West Coast),
Josh Rawiri (Southern, Shirley Boys High, Kaiapoi, Parramatta Eels),
Jope Tagicakabau (Southern, Riccarton Knights),
Liam Jones (Upper Central, Trident High School, Mataatua),
Sheldon Rogers (Upper Central, Tai Wananga, Turangawaewae, Sydney Roosters),
Jaedon Lyttle (Upper Central, Tokoroa High School, Taupo Phoenix),
Te Rautau Rameka (Upper Central, Tauponui a Tia College, Taupo Phoenix),
Tyler Jahnke (Wellington, Tawa College, Randwick Kingfishers),
William Rua (Wellington, Rongotai College, Randwick).
Head Coach – Moehewa Armstrong
Assistant Coach – Alan Ettles (Akarana)
Manager – Ben Vaipaata
Trainer – Marrin Haggie (Upper Central)
Head Coach – Phil Gordon (Akarana)
Assistant Coach - Tusa Lafaele (Counties)
Manager – Phil Roache(Wellington)
Trainer – Nick Le Comte (Southern)
NZ skipper Jesse Bromwich faces challenges from Melbourne Storm club-mate Tohu Harris and Dally M Medal winner Jason Taumalolo for the 2016 NZRL Kiwis Player of the Year.
Finalists have been selected in all 12 NZRL Awards categories, with winners to be announced at an Auckland function on January 20.
Bromwich (Kiwi # 775) took out the prestige award last year and has since risen to the post of national team captain, leading the Kiwis in six tests over the past 12 months. He was also named Melbourne Storm Player of the Year and Dally M Prop of the Year in the NRL competition.
Harris (Kiwi #778) continued to make himself an indispensable component of the Kiwis side, turning out in three different positions – centre, five-eighth and second row – and extending his career to 16 tests.
Taumalolo (Kiwi #786) really came of age in the NRL during 2016, sharing Dally M Medal honours with Storm playmaker Cooper Cronk, while taking out the lock award.
Canberra wing Jordan Rapana, club-mate Joseph Tapine and NZ Warriors centre Solomone Kata face off for the Kiwis Rookie of the Year award, while another Kiwis newcomer, James Fisher-Harris, is in the mix for Junior Player of the Year.
Kiwi Ferns captain and twice previous winner Sarina Fiso will again contest Women’s Player of the Year, after leading the national team to victory over Australia at both the NRL Nines and mid-year test in Newcastle.
She faces competition from Georgia Hale, named MVP at both international events, and Krystal Rota, who was MVP of the NZ Maori Tournament and scored the winning try in the NZRL national women’s national final.
The full list of NZRL Awards finalists is:
Pirtek Female Volunteer – Alana Lockhorst (The Cooks/Southland RL), Nickie Tane (Mercury Bay Boars/Hauraki District), Dania Wood (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
Pirtek Male Volunteer – Tony Cuccurullo (Tasman RL), Jason Parata (Pikiao RL), Shane Price (Mt Wellington RL)
Grassroots Club – He Tauaa (Southland RL), Richmond Rabbits (Nelson RL), Takahiwai (Northland RL)
Domestic Coach – Andrew Auimatagi (Linwood Keas/Canterbury Bulls), Richie Blackmore (Papakura Sea Eagles), Rod Ratu (Counties Manukau Stingrays/NZ Residents/Southern Cross Campus)
Referee - Anthony Elliot, Chris McMillan, Shane Rehm
Domestic Player 16s – Taylor Fiu (Counties Manukau Stingrays), Jordan Riki (South Island Scorpions), Regan McClennan (Akarana Falcons)
Domestic Player 18s – Jesse Arthurs (Melbourne Storm), Chanel Harris-Tavita (NZ Warriors), Zae Wallace (Akarana Falcons)
Domestic Player Premier – Tevin Arona (Canterbury Bulls), Daniel Palavi (Akarana Falcons), Nick Read (Waikato)
Junior Player - James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers), Ata Hingano (NZ Warriors), Brandon Smith (North Queensland Cowboys)
Kiwis Rookie - Joseph Tapine (Canberra Raiders), Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders), Solomone Kata (NZ Warriors)
Women’s Player - Sarina Fiso (Counties Manukau Stingrays), Georgia Hale (Akarana Falcons), Krystal Rota (Counties Manukau Stingrays)
Kiwis Player – Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne Storm), Tohu Harris (Melbourne Storm), Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
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