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Canterbury's U19 Squad Named for Nationals
Canterbury’s U19 squad has been named ahead of this week’s Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament getting underway. The tournament, in its second year, will take place at Owen Delany Park in Taupo over three match days on 27 and 30 September and 3 October.
After the successful inaugural tournament last year, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is making this a regular on the rugby calendar in order to help develop emerging talent in the Under 19s age group.
Canterbury U19 Coach Mark Brown said he has a quality squad that will be real competitors in this year’s tournament.
“We have a really exciting group of young men making up this squad. They have all earned their place in the national squad by putting in solid performances during the qualifying tournament, and we are all really looking forward to stepping up to the next level now in Taupo,” Brown said.
“This tournament provides a great opportunity for our province’s young players to improve showcase their skills in a pressure environment which can only be good for and continue their rugby development. It is a fantastic opportunity to test their talent themselves against players from a similar age group and I know that these boys are up to the challenge.”
Canterbury qualified top of the South Island qualifying tournament, beating Southland 71-10, Tasman 29-5 and Otago 54-11.
New Zealand Rugby General Manager of Rugby, Neil Sorensen, said the tournament provided a pathway for emerging players and provided them with every reason to stay in the game and aim for higher honours, such as their full Provincial Union side and NZ U20 side.
“Many of the players involved in last year’s tournament went on to higher honours, including representing New Zealand at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Italy”.
The Under 19 tournament includes 16 teams; 14 provincial union teams, an additional Auckland B side and a Heartland Unions side. Teams compete across two divisions (premiership and championship) for the Graham Mourie Cup and the Michael Jones Trophy. Each squad is made up of players who currently play club rugby in their Provincial Union and who are under 19 as at 1 January 2015.
Media and supporters will be able to keep up with all the action at the official tournament Facebook page – NationalUnder19s, by following #JHU19s and on Sky Sport.
The Canterbury Under 19 team is:
Head Coach – Mark Brown
Assistant Coach – Nathan Mauger
Assistant Coach – Johnny Leo’o
Manager – Stu Hunter
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Sim Joplin
Physiotherapis – Kurt Harrington
Technical Coach and Video Analyst – Peter Bowden
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