2018 New Zealand Schools



  • Front row. Tamati Williams, Saula Mau, Tyrone Thompson.

    Looks strong front row, Thompson been in great form this year, Williams was NZ Schools last year, Mau Barbarians. Thacker in rotation was barbarians last year also.

    Locks
    Good to see some timber but also ball runners/players. Darry and Lord will start, both 2m plus easy. They went head-to-head when chiefs-crusaders played earlier in year. Darry is someone I have seen since he was 13, thought then he could be AB in future. pretty sure his mum is ABs nutritionist.

    Loosies

    Jones future is at 7, plays like dad but will interesting to see if he plays there for this team. Have seen a lot of Segner, year 12 here on scholarship from Germany (interesting) 6,3 100kg hard man. Parker should start at 6.

    9
    Funaki is a runner and the incumbent form last year with Chapman backing him up unless they want the passing ability of Chapman

    10
    Reihana the incumbent from last year also.

    Midfield
    Punivai - Incumbent fro last year, better than his older brother should be teamed with Maraku who is a bit of a weapon

    not actually sure of back three, haven't seen much of these guys but should be interesting. Might be proven wrong in long term but think this is one of the better tight 5s I have seen from schools with an establish 9-13 combo. should go ok.



  • St Kentigans have, by my quick count, eight players in the two squads listed above. There must be a lot of hand wringing and finger pointing going on amongst their officials as to why they were unable to win the 1As given their riches in talent available to them. There might be a number of rival 1st XV coaches looking nervously at their penciled in squads for next season to see if there are going to be any late defections/unavailabilities.



  • 98blueandgold said:

    Locks
    Good to see some timber but also ball runners/players. Darry and Lord will start, both 2m plus easy. They went head-to-head when chiefs-crusaders played earlier in year.

    I was at that game. I didn't think Darry looked that tall next to Lord. Neither Chiefs hooker could find their target which didn't help. Tom Martin was the other Chiefs lock although better suited to 6 as he isn't as tall as the others.



  • Higgins said:

    St Kentigans have, by my quick count, eight players in the two squads listed above. There must be a lot of hand wringing and finger pointing going on amongst their officials as to why they were unable to win the 1As given their riches in talent available to them. There might be a number of rival 1st XV coaches looking nervously at their penciled in squads for next season to see if there are going to be any late defections/unavailabilities.

    The team they lost to went on to win the Nationals. Just goes to show how tough the Auckland 1A comp is.

    Also, how the hell are Auckland getting all these first fives into the NZ Schools team? I thought we only produced loosies and outside backs.



  • @bovidae gauranteed he is, lord must just be even taller!!



  • @98blueandgold Just an observation, but obviously not a fact. 🙂

    So who is the likely captain of the NZ Schools. It should be one of the U18 captains. For the Chiefs, the co-captains were Reihana and Parker. What about the other 4 teams?



  • @bovidae I don't know who the Hurricanes U18 captain was, but it could be Tyrone Thompson who was the Napier Boys captain. He's a very good leader.



  • Prob Reihana I think



  • Speaking of which, there must be another hooker in the NZS squad.



  • @bovidae Maybe one of the players that I saw mentioned as a prop, is (also) a hooker?



  • @higgins at least 3 of them have signed with the crusaders too.



  • chchfanatic said:

    @higgins at least 3 of them have signed with the crusaders too.

    Probably come from Christchurch in the first place!



  • I know punivai is definitely from chch. I don’t think the other 2 are though.



  • New Zealand Schools team to play Tonga Schools (Brisbane, 4pm NZT):

    1 Tamaiti Williams (St Kentigern College)
    2 Soane Vikena (Mt Albert Grammar School)
    3 Saula Mau (Auckland Grammar School)
    4 Thomas Martin (Hamilton Boys' High)
    5 Josh Lord (Hamilton Boys' High)
    6 Iona Apineru (St Partick's College - Silverstream) - vice-captain
    7 Anton Segner (Nelson College)
    8 Niko Jones (St Peter's College)
    9 Taufa Funaki (Sacred Heart College)
    10 Rivez Reihana (St Kentigern College) - vice-captain
    11 Josiah Maraku Feilding (Agricultural High School)
    12 Gideon Wrampling (St Paul's Collegiate)
    13 Isaiah Punivai (St Kentigern College) - captain
    14 Ethan Webster-Nonu (Scots College)
    15 Blair Murray (New Plymouth Boys' High School)

    16 Tyrone Thompson (Napier Boys' High School)
    17 Matt Graham-Williams (St Kentigern College)
    18 Tiaan Tauakipulu (St Kentigern College)
    19 Simon Parker (St Peter's School)
    20 George Prain (Rangiora High School)
    21 Louie Chapman (Christchurch Boys' High School)
    22 Zarn Sullivan (King's College)
    23 Chay Fihaki (Sacred Heart College)



  • New Zealand Barbarians Schools team to play NZ Māori U18 (2.00pm NZT at Porirua Park, Porirua):

    1 Poukohe Sorenson (Rotorua Boys’ High School)
    2 Arther Allen (Christ's College)
    3 Patrick Teddy (Napier Boys' High School)
    4 Robert Rush (St Kentigern College)
    5 Zachary Gallagher (Christ's College)
    6 Samuel Smith (Wairarapa College)
    7 Noah Perelini (King's College)
    8 Keelan Whitman (St Patrick's College)
    9 James Arscott (Otago Boys' High School)
    10 Stewart Cruden (Palmerston North Boys' High School)
    11 Caleb Cavubati (Scots College)
    12 Corey Evans (Auckland Grammar School)
    13 Lukas Halls (King's College)
    14 Roderick Solo (Scots College)
    15 Peniasi Lasaqa (St Kentigern College)

    16 Jacob Payne (Southland Boys' High School)
    17 Benet Kumeroa (Auckland Grammar School)
    18 Ovaleni Uelese (Scots College)
    19 Mahonri Ngakuru (St Kentigern College)
    20 Joshua Gimblett (Napier Boys' High School)
    21 Kristian Standen (New Plymouth Boys' High School)
    22 Tahu Kaa (Christchurch Boys' High School)
    23 Ropati So'oalo (Aotea College)



  • Hard to know if that is considered the best NZS team or just the first step in giving every player a game before the Aust test.

    @Stargazer Are these games live streamed?



  • @bovidae I'm afraid not. I have been looking and no mention of livestreaming anywhere.



  • @Stargazer @Bovidae the Tonga game tomorrow will be live streamed on double take sports with a commentary team. @DoubleTakeQLD on Twitter but stream will be on YouTube



  • @Stargazer the four players not selected have been sent home, just not picked. Reasons could be varied but at least two of them were Year 12s and could have been there for experience for next year.



  • @thewaterboy said:

    @Stargazer @Bovidae the Tonga game tomorrow will be live streamed on double take sports with a commentary team. @DoubleTakeQLD on Twitter but stream will be on YouTube

    Awesome, thanks!


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