Following the 2016 Hurricanes Under 16 Tournament, a group of 56 players have been selected to attend the annual Hurricanes Under 17 Development Camp to be held at the Hurricanes Training Base on 11 December.
The one day Camp provides an insight to the world of professional rugby, with sessions focused on nutrition, mental skills and physical training.
New Zealand Rugbys Convenor of Selectors, Darren Larsen, sees the Camp as an excellent opportunity for aspiring players to learn what it takes to embark on a potential career as a professional player.
With professional rugby now a career choice for players once they leave school, its important that players and their parents develop a good understanding of whats involved in becoming a professional sports person.
Hurricanes High Performance Manager, Chris Stirling, believes that the Hurricanes franchise is well positioned to providing a series of stepping stones to professional rugby, for players with potential.
Some players from this group may be invited to join our Apprentice Scheme, which is a unique programme for school-age players to gain exposure to the Hurricanes working environment, in the 2017 season.
The Under 17 Camp forms part of the comprehensive programme for teenage rugby administered by the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council on behalf of the regions 8 Provincial Unions. Council Chairman, Gordon Noble-Campbell said.
The Hurricanes Region is a strong contributor to the strength of New Zealand Rugby at all levels, both through our Provincial Union Teams and our Super Rugby affiliation with the Hurricanes. This Camp is an important part of growing that link to create future success.
The players selected for the Development Camp, are as follows.
East Coast RFU
Chase Sheridan, Wheturangi Grant-Karaka, Carlos Paenga, Antonio Leawere.
Hawkes Bay RFU
Liam Udy Johns, Nathan Giles, Damarus Hokianga, Patrick Teddy, Raniera Peterson, Sam Henderson, Tyrone Thompson, Josh Gimblett.
Horowhenua Kapiti RFU
Vaughn McCardle, Tama Cook, Reece Wyatt.
James Stratton, Stewart Cruden, Tyler Laubscher, James Bolton, Josiah Mareku, Drew Wild, James Woodmass, Rawiri Chambers.
Poverty Bay RFU
Tyrin Wyllie, Sione Ki-Nuia, Tee Paenga, Moses Christie, Billy Priestly.
Wairarapa Bush RFU
Sam Smith, Jack Eschenbach, Harry Mckay, Cooper Jamieson, Isaac Bracewell.
Ben Kelt, Paiki Ponga, Hayden O'Leary.
Moala Katoa, Luke Mannix, Ropati So'oalo, Stanley Paese, Taine Plumtree, Iona Apineru, Keelan Whitman, Josh Mallon , Harrison Boyle, Albert Polu, Malo Manuao, Jaylen Tuapola, Caleb Cavubati, Ish Perkins, Riley Forbes, Josh Southall, Shaquille Fiso, Kienan De Le Rambelje, Devon OliverBell, Ben Cusin.
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