BOP Under 19 Squad named
Pre-season games in February, the recent Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy tour to Samoa and monitoring of players’ through club rugby and a series of training sessions, were all part of the selection process for the 2017 BOP Rugby Union under 19 squad, says coach Mike Rogers.
“All of the players selected have demonstrated both the commitment and talent required to compete on the national stage,” says Mike.
“It is particularly pleasing that we have players from 11 different Bay of Plenty clubs, which demonstrates a good spread of talent around our province. We are sure that the players selected are going to do Bay of Plenty proud.”
The under 19 side will play against Yorkshire Under 20, Auckland Under 19 and Manawatu Under 19 before their season commences on Saturday 19 August with a home game against Counties Manukau.
Counties Manukau will be the first of three seeding games with the remaining two against Taranaki and Waikato before competing in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament in September.
After impressing with his leadership skills on the recent tour to Samoa, Joe Johnston from Te Puke Sports is named Captain. Joe will be assisted by another former New Zealand Secondary Schools Barbarians player Kaleb Trask who has been named as vice-captain.
Bay of Plenty Under 19 Squad:
Sione Afu (Arataki)
Tevita Mafileo (Tauranga Sports)
Jarryd Broughton (Te Puke Sports)
Champ Betham (Tauranga Sports)
Liam Morrison (Te Puna)
Dymond Ioane (Te Puke Sports)
Cheyenne Dalley (Te Puke Sports)
Raniera Whakataka (Rotoiti)
Sam Bright (Rangataua)
Stan Van Den Hoven (Greerton Marist)
Ricky Van Der Heyden (Arataki)
Matt Van Leuwen (Whakarewarewa)
Iosefatu Mareko (Arataki)
Joe Johnston (Te Puke Sports) - Captain
Ajay Mua (Tauranga Sports)
Harry Lloyd-Jones (Arataki)
Arthur Leveanasiga (Rangataua)
Te Ra Whata (Rotoiti)
Momo Niwa (Arataki)
Keita Yamamoto (Te Puna)
Keegan Rowley (Whakarewarewa)
Kaleb Trask (Tauranga Sports) - Vice Captain
Tame Curtis (Rotoiti)
Keanau Howe (Opotiki)
Charlie Lawrence (Tauranga Sports)
Will Ngatai (Te Puna)
Nathan Rangihuna (Arataki)
Rewita Biddle (Te Puna)
Faasua Selau (Arataki)
Oisin Clarken (Tauranga Sports)
Aaron Tait (Tauranga Sports)
Devin TeTai (Whakatane Marist)
Steven Masters (Te Puna)