Current squad for 2018



  • Been out of the loop a little bit.. What’s the verdict on Myles Thoroughgood? I see he’s from the Canterbury system.

    It seems we are a bit thin in the back three now. Hyland and Ranger on the wings seems like the obvious option as it stands, but to me that lacks some top end speed. Maybe we need to have a last ditch effort at the market for the next Fijian prodigy, like they did with Rupeni back in the day. This is all provided Macilai is out for the year.

    @Duluth, what’s your take on Wiseguy Faiane? No doubt you’ve seen him a fair bit in Auckland??



  • @j77 said in Current squad for 2018:

    @Duluth, what’s your take on Wiseguy Faiane? No doubt you’ve seen him a fair bit in Auckland??

    Only seen him live a few times. He's a good signing but it is early in his development

    He was a very good at schoolboy level but struggled in his limited NPC time. Although that was in the chaotic Nick White side so probably not fair to judge him

    He kicks the ball more than other NZ 10's, he has a lot of variation. More of a Sopoaga than a McKenzie

    It made sense for him to leave Auckland because he's behind Plummer and probably behind D'Angelo Leuila (Ieremia started him for Samoa when he coached them). So Wiseguy was likely to miss out on the 23



  • @duluth from what I hear his goal kicking isnt that great, which will pose an issue if there arent other options available.

    The games I watched he looked handy, playing well within himself I thought, would be handy enough, and TBH a step up on either option we had last year, which sadly wouldnt be too difficult.



  • @taniwharugby

    ..and Debreczeni is also a step up. So if Wiseguy doesn't work out there is another option.

    I'll make a prediction that he'll have a mixed first year, be better in his second and then become a SR player in 2020. So a massive improvement on what you guys have had in recent years



  • As long as Debreczeni is there for kicking goals I’m all for giving Faiane a crack. If he is a good general play kicker that suits me, as I really want to see our 10’s getting distance out of hand this year. My pet hate from years gone by was our inability to carve metres off..



  • yeah alot hinges on Debreczeni being there, and I look forward to the prospect of someone being able to get us outside our 22 for our exits, something we have struggled with for many years now.

    I saw Goodhue was still listed as out with concussion for the Blue,s but I had heard he was 'available' for Kamo a fortnight ago had the Blues released him.



  • It’s always been the Northland way to throw the ball around and have a crack from anywhere, but if you don’t have a 10 who can get you out of the shit when needed it makes it tough. We’ve leaked countless points from those situations. What I’d like to see this year is us play for territory more with clever kicks, turn the opposition around. Then we can turn on the razzle dazzle.



  • Waipu loose forward Sam McNamara has been signed fro the upcoming season.

    http://www.taniwha.co.nz/newsarticle/64820

    Current signed players

    Reckon Stokes should be next on the list?



  • I do hope Faiane is somewhere in the mix,the occasion I did see him him play for OBM against Kamo I was really impressed with his passing game both left and right.
    Not totally sold on thoroughgood,I guess he’s benefited from being behind a very good Kamo pack and having Mac Sykes playing at 9,talking to many people,Skyes has been the standout club player.

    Really hoping they are looking at the Englishman who plays tighthead for Kamo,Alex Gale,23 years old played for England at school boy level,the man is a rock at scrumtime..and for a big man,135kgs is very mobile...he played for Kamo last year,but weighed over 150kgs,has shed around 15kgs and from what I have been told will be coming out to play for Kamo again next year.



  • Devlopment Training team named...

    http://www.taniwha.co.nz/newsarticle/65173

    PROPS

    L To’ofohe (Waipu)
    T Stevens (OBM)
    T Sikulu (Wellsford)
    D Koroi (Waipu)
    Paddy Jo Atkins (Wellsford)
    B Wiggins (OBM)
    M Tuiloma (Waipu)
    K Sole (Kerikeri)
    A Gale (Kamo)

    HOOKERS

    M Lea (Waipu)
    B Tou (Waipu)
    C Matthews (Hikurangi)

    LOCKS

    T Mayanavanua (Waipu)
    O Rongo (Kerikeri)
    F Funaki (Waipu)
    L Albornoz (Waipu)
    A Smith (Waipu)
    F Marais (OBM)
    A Fernandes (Awanui)
    S Neville (Wellsford)

    LOOSE FORWARDS

    M Jensen (Waipu)
    J Byrnes (OBM)
    I Ashley (Kaitaia)
    R Manuel (Kaitaia)
    N Manu (OBM)
    A Stokes (OBM)
    H Jurlina (Hikurangi)
    N Murray (Waipu)

    HALFBACK

    E Pittman (Waipu)
    D Subritzky-Clark (Kerikeri)
    C Evers (Keri Keri)

    FIRST FIVE

    B Macken (Waipu)
    T Blundell (Wellsford)
    W Faiane (OBM)
    D Boyd (Kaitaia)
    T Smith (Keri Keri)

    MIDFIELD BACKS

    N Warnock (Wellsford)
    R Te Nana (Moerewa)
    L Brownlee (Hora Hora)
    E Pocklington (Sharks)
    H Pomare (Awanui)
    A Shepherd (Kerikeri)
    D Smith (Kaitaia)
    R Taniwha (Kaitaia)
    B McCarthy (Sharks)
    M Miller (Kerikeri)
    R Le Vavasour (Hora Hora)

    OUTSIDE BACKS

    R Roberts -Te Nana (OBM)
    T Gadeisuva (Waipu)
    J Matewai (Sharks)
    L Clarke (Kerikeri)
    M Parsons (OBM)
    D Te Puni (Hora Hora)
    W Skipps (OBM)
    M Tuatagaloa (Awanui)
    WL Pomare (Kaitaia)
    H Salisbury (Mid Western)
    K Wiki (OBM)
    K Thomson (Eastern)
    N Rogers (Kaikohe)



  • @steven-harris said in Current squad for 2018:

    I do hope Faiane is somewhere in the mix,the occasion I did see him him play for OBM against Kamo I was really impressed with his passing game both left and right.
    Not totally sold on thoroughgood,I guess he’s benefited from being behind a very good Kamo pack and having Mac Sykes playing at 9,talking to many people,Skyes has been the standout club player.

    Really hoping they are looking at the Englishman who plays tighthead for Kamo,Alex Gale,23 years old played for England at school boy level,the man is a rock at scrumtime..and for a big man,135kgs is very mobile...he played for Kamo last year,but weighed over 150kgs,has shed around 15kgs and from what I have been told will be coming out to play for Kamo again next year.

    I went and watched the Semi final today, was a very tight game due to the conditions. The backs barely got a look in. Don't think I would be keen on either Faiane or Thoroughgood at 10 for Northland on todays performance. Maybe they would be better on a better surface?

    @Steven-Harris the English prop might be solid at scrum time but he wouldn't physically cope at NPC level.

    I read in the Advocate this morning that the squad is named this week (19th) and they have about 10 spots to fill which will come from club rugby unless a Super Rugby player becomes available. Have to think most of the leftover spots will come from that development squad they just named. Prop, lock, loosie, 10 and outside backs probably where we need a bit more depth.