North Harbour 2018
Duluth last edited by Duluth
A couple of new recruits that hadn't been mentioned before. Loketi Manu moving to the other side of the bridge. James Dargaville from the Brumbies
A hooker and a loosehead prop in this announcement that were not up on the website.
2018 North Harbour squad:
James Parsons (cc)
Matt Duffie (cc)
Departures: Jarrad Hoeata, Connor Collett, Josh Tyrell, Brandon Nansen, Matt Vaega, Adrian Smith, and Ben Volavola
Arrivals: James Dargaville (Brumbies), Dillon Hunt and Ben Nee-Nee
JK last edited by
@jk He's signed with Racing 92.
Where's Matt Vaega playing? Should've been in the Blues.
@tim Matt has signed with Mitsubishi Dynaboars in Japan.
JK last edited by
I think we look to have a pretty decent side this year
Front row looks decent and locking stocks bolstered. Loosies are still a bit ho hum
9/10 pairing will go well. Mid field just need to hold it together and be able to tackle and get the ball out to the back 3 of Li, Stevenson and Duffie.
Stargazer last edited by Stargazer
The 2018 men's and women's squad announcements are now on the website as well: https://mailchi.mp/harbourrugby/qbe-north-harbour-2018-squad-announcements
Edit: Hmm, doesn't look like that's their website. It's a page they link to on their twitter account. Seems it is an email, but online.
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Ireland Under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has begun a three-month professional development placement with New Zealand's North Harbour who kick off their Mitre 10 Cup campaign against Northland on Thursday.
The IRFU High Performance Unit is driving the continuing professional development (CDP) of the IRFU coaches that are deployed across the provinces, with Noel McNamara's placement just one of a host of experiences coordinated and facilitated by the IRFU.
Noel's placement follows similar investment by the IRFU in coach development which saw Ulster defence coach Jared Payne join the Ireland team on tour to Australia this summer, and Ronan O'Gara, Girvan Dempsey and Felix Jones spend time within the Ireland set-up on the 2017 USA and Japan tour.
McNamara will spend three months with North Harbour, coaching under the tutelage of Tom Coventry who is primed to become assistant coach to the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby next season. Once McNamara has completed the Mitre 10 Cup season, he will return to Ireland to continue in his role as Ireland Under-20 head coach and coach of Leinster's Development squad.
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented: "The aim of the CPD programme is to expose our best up-and-coming Irish coaches to other rugby models and to take them out of their comfort zone of coaching within the Irish system.
"In Noel's case the experience he will gain from coaching in such a competitive tournament is invaluable, especially considering the calibre of those in the North Harbour coaching group led by Tom, who has Super Rugby coaching experience with the Chiefs and is due to link up with the Blues in the new year."