Check out the current squad for the 2018 Northland Mitre 10 Cup season.
(Number represents caps for Northland / If contracted to a Super Rugby Team.)
Jordan Olsen (27)
Matt Moulds (45 / Blues)
Ropate Rinakama (10)
Ross Wright (82)
Jack Straker (0 / **)
Murray Douglas (10 / Hurricanes)
Tom Robinson (5)
Joshua Goodhue (22 / Blues)
Matt Matich (19)
Kara Pryor (38 / Blues)
Sam Nock (27 / Blues)
Jack Debreczeni (0 / Rebels)
Jack Goodhue (9 / Crusaders)
Scott Gregory (0)
Blake Hohaia (5)
Tamati Tua (16 / Blues)
Jordan Hyland (29)
Jone Macilai (36 / Crusaders)
Matt Wright (38)
Josh Goodhue listed as a loosie...Need to get on and sign Pitman, Dan Pryor not yet signed. Surely they are talking with Bond to come back too?
Never heard of the 10?
A fair few names form last year not yet signed.
@tim be a step up on both our previous options (Dan Hawkins had a stint with Rebels)
Hawkins hugely committed player, but was never gonna set the world alight, had high hopes for Breen, but never really got there...
Still gutted we lost Alaimalo!
Not a bad base to work off.
Wonder why Dan Pryor is yet to commit. Could it be he’s considering offshore options after Super Rugby?
Will be interesting to see if guys like Bond, Ram, Sililoto and Waa all return.
Alaimalo leaves a huge hole though. Be good if we can lock in a quality fullback. From there I think we’ll continue to build a decent team.
@j77 I expect some of those not signed, maybe just came off contract and will be hopefully being negotiated at present (likes of Pryor, Ram, Bond, Waa, Matiu et al)
I guess for Dan Pryor, if he is looking off shore, now is the time to do so before the glut form the RWC next year.
Have to assume MacLeod has played a part in getting Straker up here, seems a promising young prop!
I particularly like this bit:
A former Australian Schoolboys representative, Debreczeni is known for his prodigious boot.
An area we really struggled with, and TBH have done so for many years.
@taniwharugby players definitely not returning apart from the obvious ones
Tim Bond is looking overseas but there is a chance if he does’nt secure a contract he may return
Namatahi Waa,recently had surgery on his neck,very doubtful at this stage.
@steven-harris news on why Dan aint back? Heading off-shore before the 2019 RWC player glut?
Gutting, but he has served us pretty well!
So Ram still floating about? Honestly thought he'd of been snapped up off-shore after some good outings for Tonga.
Contracted players and High Performance Squad
Dan Pryor has re-signed!
Also signed Jonno Kitto:
A New Zealand rugby union scrum half and former New Zealand U20 player who is currently playing for the Harlequins; he has previously played for Leicester Tigers and Worcester Warriors in Premiership Rugby. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Taranaki born Regan Verney has proved to be a furious tackler in the Wellington backline since making his Provincial debut against Manawatu in 2017.
Verney attacking ability was also highlighted during the 2017 season as he crossed the whitewash for 4 tries. The former New Plymouth Boys High School student Verney plays his club rugby with Old Boys University. Verney's superb Mitre 10 Cup form was rewarded with a Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs for 2018.
@taniwharugby what’s worse Alaimalo was in the Blues development squad back in 2016.The chiefs were watching him play for the Blues Dev squad against the NZ under 20s at the Ardmore rugby club before they headed off to Australia in May 2016.
Tana was at the same game not sure what he was watching..but even I had heard the chiefs were looking at him,the Blues offered Solomon a wider training squad birth for 2017 and the chiefs offered a full contract.
Very similar situation happened to Taleni Seu offered a Blues wider training squad contract ended up with a full contract at the chiefs.
They often say selection selection is in the eye of the beholder..makes me wonder if the Blues selectors rock up to games with their eyes closed.
@taniwharugby interesting wider squad,Great to see Ben Mather back in the mix,he’s very tidy at first five with very good game management.
Also Sweetman back from injury.Looked up the boy Walon Skipps on Utube looks a very interesting prospect,looks to have good footwork and speed.
Other selection that caught the eye was Kane Jacobson open side flanker who was in the North Harbour squad last year.
Plenty of young guys who I reckon will be good to go over the next 2-3 years,crazy connection with Mt Albert Grammar Tom Barlow ,Mikaaere Wiki and Mason Hohaia are some of the recent ones that have left MAGS recently,not to mention Emil Pittman,Jacob Matiu,Blake Hohaia,Jack Goodhue and Josh Goodhue and from last years squad Micheal Faleafa and Josh Larsen from last years squad.unbelieveable..!,have I missed anyone else..?
@muddyriver I live next to MAGS and can remember seeing a few boys with Kauri tree eblems. This was before everyone started coming back to play for us so it worried me that were losing talent. But recent years have been good. Long may the return of the prodigal sons continue...
Josh Goodhue has re-signed with Northland through till the end of 2020.
Ross Wright has re-signed with Northland through till end of 2019.
Kane Jacobson (Loose Forward) has signed for Northland for the 2018 season.
Isileli Tu’ungafasi (Prop) has signed for Northland for the 2018 season.
More info: http://www.taniwha.co.nz/newsarticle/62347
Northland unfortunately has failed in its bid to sign Lyndon Dunshea,really disappointing given he was not on Auckland’s radar until injuries hit the Blues and Dunshea took his opportunity..typical Auckland I don’t think even they would know a good rugby player if one fell into their lap.
However just looking at the HP squads that were named.there are some talented sizeable loose forwards that will be worth a look at next Wednesday when they take on Counties Manukau..
On saying that,we may get one back over Auckland as the very promising first five who played for the NZ secondary schools in 2015 Wiseguy Faiane will be making his debut in Northland Club rugby this Saturday for Old Boys Marist and given he did have a season for Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup last year will be well and truly on Whitcombe and Konia’s radar.
Current squad for 2018