Steven Harris last edited by Steven Harris
Northland 2020 Contracted players
Ross Wright (Wellsford)
Jack Straker (Kamo)
Paddy Atkins (Wellsford)
Jordan Olsen (Mid Northern)
Josh Goodhue (Blues/United Kawakawa/Moerewa)
Sam Caird (OBM)
Temo Mayanavanua (Waipu)
Rob Rush (tbc)
Tom Robinson (Blues/Kerikeri)
Sam McNamara (Waipu)
Kane Jacobson (Kamo)
Saimoni Uluinakauvadra (Waipu)
Aorangi Stokes (OBM)
Sam Nock (Blues/Kerikeri)
Harrison Levien (OBM)
Blake Hohaia (OBM)
Jack Goodhue (Crusaders/United Kawakawa/Moerewa)
Tamati Tua (Kamo)
Rene Ranger (Wellsford)
Jordan Hyland (Blues/Wellsford)
Scott Gregory (Highlanders/Hikurangj
There will be 10-15 contracts available through club rugby.
Just on a couple of players that have not signed,
Isi Tuangafasi has signed with Canterbury and the Crusaders
Corey Te Whata Colley is reportedly heading to France
Unlikely to see Jonty Rae back in Cambridge Blue, but I stand to be corrected .
I would imagine Pisi Leilua and Renata Roberts TeNana will have to come back through club form
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Jonty Rae was a standout this season and Roberts Te Nana would have started every game. We need Jonty's speed and aggression in the contact. It is puzzling to have some many players contracted.
James Cherrington would at be the top of my list of contracted along with Derek Carpenter, they would form a hard and uncompromising midfield that has the ability to set the back three free young enough to bring years of stability in the midfield and mentor the next generation. What we need is a first five and halfback that clears the ball fast so our backline has time and control and direct the forwards.
We need to go back to the sub unions and build academy programs around key positions. Looking for playmakers in touch is a good idea, we have programs in this space but they are nothing more than lip service. We have let gems like Noel Edmonds slip through our hands over the years. Men who bleed blue and would have been superstars anywhere else. Northland selectors often need binoculars to see outside Whangarei urban teams of drafties from outside the region.
taniwharugby last edited by taniwharugby
@SmokeyT I think Jonty was carrying an injury most of the season, when he did get out on the field one leg was always heavily strapped.
Would be nice to get some consistency in our mid-field, chopped and changed week to week this year...
Both he and Leilua looked the goods at club, but Leilua just looked out of his depth, and Jonty just didnt get enough time.
Roberts-Te Nana should be there, has the talent, just needs to back himself...possibly an issue stemmed form the team being low on confidence this year too.
Think it was v Canterbury, Te Nana had the opportunity to take someone on the outside which had he beat him, would have been a foot race to the tryline; with space and his gas, yet opted to go inside to take the contact.
Have to hope they are working through a contract with Matiu, easily our best player this year.
Rob Rush snapped up pretty quick though, heard there are a few other age group players in the crosshairs too.
kev last edited by kev
Our internal talent development, retention hasn't been good. We start losing players at school boy rugby level and with the possibility of professional careers we have to position ourselves as a successful team to encourage home grown talent to stay or return.