2021 U19 Representative Rugby
The Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament will not take place in 2021, with provincial unions instead delivering regional Under 19 programmes.
This thread is for news (including team lists), fixtures & results for those regional Under 19 programmes.
The Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council announced its programme for 2021, two weeks ago, including for the U19s.
Regular highlights of the Council's annual programme include the Tournament for Under 20 Men, following which a Heartland Provincial Union representative team will be selected to play matches against Under 19 Men's teams from Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Wellington in the annual competition for the Central Region Shield.
Central Region Shield - fixtures:
Date Round Home Team Away Team Venue Sat 21 Aug 2021 1 Hurricanes Heartland U20 Wellington U19 Palmerston North Sat 21 Aug 2021 1 Hawke's Bay U19 Manawatu U19 Napier Sat 28 Aug 2021 2 Wellington U19 Hawke's Bay U19 Wellington Sat 28 Aug 2021 2 Manawatu U19 Hurricanes Heartland U20 Palmerston North Sat 4 Sept 2021 3 Wellington U19 Manawatu U19 TBC Sat 4 Sept 2021 3 Hawke's Bay U19 Hurricanes Heartland U20 TBC
I have no idea whether there is an equivalent of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council in the other franchise areas and where to find them online.
The web page with info about rep rugby in the Northern Region hasn't been updated for a while; maybe there's a new website?
Eugene Smith, a former Wellington Lions and Hawke's Bay player, will head the coaching team supported by ex Manu-Samoa and Lions player Dan Farani, and Trent Renata, an ex Maori All Black who has also represented the Highlanders and Chiefs Super Rugby franchises, as well as the Wellington Lions.
A six-match schedule is in place for the Wellington U19s with pre-season challenges involving the Waikato U19s and a game of 3 halves involving Wellington, Canterbury and Tasman. Their competition matches see them take on the Hurricanes Heartland U20s, Hawkes Bay U19s, Manawatu U19s and Whanganui B.
Hutt Old Boys Marist
Jono Bailey, Jono Little, Sapati Tagoai, Nonu Tuia
Mike Faimalo, Knox Tuinasau
Marist St Pats
Charlie Hankins, Milan Kriletich, Logan Love, Zack Paterson, Grady Walshe
Jermaine Collins, Bradley Crichton
Old Boys University
Samson Koneferenisi, Treyah Kingi-Taukamo Jack Riley, Dominic Ropeti, Owen Wright
Jonty Bird, Sione Halalilo, Ronaldo Seumanufagai
TJ Clarke, Riley Higgins, Peter Lakai, Leyton Tapa
Joyner Gaualofa, Jabez Peniata, John Samuelu, Western Sao, George Sim, Bill Tamani, Luke Walmsley
@stargazer said in [2021 U19 Representative Rugby](/post/590907
supported by ex Manu-Samoa and Lions player Dan Farani,
Dan Farani is actually the Wainui Prems coach he’ll of a nice guy always comes down when he can to help us junior coaches.
Is anyone else glad that at least Larsen can’t make his selections in this competition.
@mikey07 That's because it's a Wellington U19s team, not Hurricanes. If it was a Hurricanes U19 team, it would be Larsen.
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@stargazer Do you remember Eugene Smith? I have no recollection of him.
@nepia I don't remember him either, but google lead me to the 2010 ITM Cup season. He's listed as a hooker, so must have been Hika Elliot's back-up.
Here's a photo of him in a Magpies jersey (it won't embed): https://photosportnz.photoshelter.com/image/I0000rzrYBTkQ4Ho
This is his linkedin page: https://nz.linkedin.com/in/eugene-smith-b4436741
@stargazer I remember his brief time in Wellington
Head Coach - Blair Van Stipriaan
Assistant Coaches - Michael Tagicakibau & Hayden Triggs
Manager - Duncan Cameron