Looking forward to 2019...

  • fuck, just heard Tom Robinson is having knee surgery, sounds like a major and likely be out for upto 6 months...buggar (for him and Northland)

    ignoring the headline

  • @taniwharugby

    What do you think the best loose forward trio is now?

    Matich, Stokes and ?

  • @Duluth possibly start Matiu at 8, Matich 6, Stokes 7? or maybe McNamara at 6, who only got a couple of games last year, Jacobsen been out all season following concussion so he unlikely to be back, unless they go with a complete rookie (a few lurking around the club scene look the goods, but big risk)

  • @taniwharugby

    McNamara probably edges it then.. you'd want a good lineout option to replace Robinson

  • @Duluth yeah McNamara is a big unit given he played a bit at 7...the Canadian Albornoz is an undersized lock, so possibly an option too?

    Losing alot of experience though, although they could recall former Taniwha Cam Goodhue who has been running around for Kamo recently 😉

  • Definitely not the news Taniwha supporters needed to hear,Robinson brings so much energy to a pack ..
    Given that Robinson was going to be used mostly as a number 6, the most likely replacement will come from the HP squad so that brings into play these options
    Saimoni Uluinakauvadra Waipu ,saw a bit of him in the trial very impressive with ball in hand ,apparently he was close to the best player on the field when the 2 top teams Waipu and Kamo clashed last weekend .
    Jarod Byrnes from OBM ,tall and rangy with a massive engine, can play 7 as well...
    Other than that another option would be Raikabula Moedonudonu from Waipu last years Fijian Under 20 captain he is in the emerging squad ..has a superb build for a loose forward ..
    Lucas Albornoz from what I understand he has moved down to the Hawkes Bay and is currently in their HP squad .

    It’s a real bugger to lose Robinson for the season, but just thinking back to last year, we had him on the field for the first 3 and half games and had to do within him for much of the regular season..good opportunity for someone else to stand up.
    Have heard though it’s going to depend on how the post opp goes so we may see him back at some stage during the season fingers crossed.

  • Sam McNamara is my pick to start the season at 6. Mayanavanua played 6 for the Blues A team this year so he is another possibility

  • Development squad named, no doubt a few will get the call up into the main squad.

    Looks a handy squad.


  • Is the Kurt Davies in the Dev Squad, the Kurt Davies who was halfback for the top side a few seasons back? He was pretty handy from what I recall. Interesting to see Campbell Matthews in there, thought he might have been Olsen’s understudy.

  • @J77 yeah assume it is him...think Paddy-Joe Atkins will be the back up 2?

  • I believe these round out the squad;

    Northland Rugby announces the following new signings for the Mitre 10 Cup.

    Sean Sweetman (Lock, Wellsford)
    James Cherrington (Midfield, Mid Northern)
    Tom Stevens (Prop, OBM)
    Nick Hyde (Hooker, W Sharks)
    Barnaby Abdale-Weir (Prop, Waipu)
    Coree Te Whata-Colley (Prop, W Sharks)
    Jarod Byrnes (Flanker, OBM) Apprentice Player

    Article added: Friday 12 July 2019

  • Northland Taniwha preseason games

    Friday 26th July 5:30 pm Kaikohe Counties Manukau
    Thurs 1st August 12:30pm Mahurangi North Harbour

    Following Thursday opening game of the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup

    Thursday 8th August 2019 7:30pm v Southland
    Rugby Park Invercargill.

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