First Ranfurly Shield game of 2022.
Shield Snorters v South Canterbury
Wed 29 June 2022
K/o 4.35pm NZT
McLean Park, Napier
LIVE on Sky Sport 1
Pushed to a spectator/viewer unfriendly hour by the scheduling of the Māori All Blacks v Ireland game, the same day at 7.05pm.
15 Caleb Makene
14 Paoraian Manuel-Harman *
13 Kienan Higgins
12 Ollie Sapsford
11 Majella Tufuga *
10 Lincoln McClutchie
9 Connor McLeod
8 Josh Kaifa
7 Sam Smith *
6 Josh Gimblett
5 Tom Parsons (capt)
4 Elijah Martin
3 Joel Hintz
2 Kianu Kereru-Symes
1 Jason Long
16 Gene Syminton
17 Pouri Rakete-Stones
18 Lewis Bush *
19 Frank Lochore
20 Will Tremain
21 Sheridan Rangihuna *
22 Zach Simpson *
23 Devan Flanders
Shield Snorters debut *
Paoraian Manuel-Harman (NOBM) played for Poverty Bay last year
Sam Smith (Havelock Nth) played for Wellington last year
Lewis Bush (Tech OB) played for Wairarapa-Bush last year
Sheridan Rangihuna (Tech OB) played for Wellington 2014-2018
Majella Tufuga (Taradale) played for HB Dev Team last year
Zach Simpson (Central HB) played for HB Dev Team last year
@Number-10 Good looking squad for a game against a Heartland team. Surprised to see McClutchie, Sapsford, Rakete-Stones and Flanders already in the 23, esp Sapsford and Rakete-Stones.
By the way, isn't it also Rangihuna's Shield Snorters debut? He hasn't played for us before, has he? Only for Wellington?
Interview with South Canterbury's captain (article doesn't include team line-up):
Morning guys, just letting you know it is not exactly normal HB weather today. Just got back from hanging out the washing and almost needed to wear mittins to ward off the frostbite. Things are looking up a bit with the temperature rocketing out to almost 8.5 degrees but sadly little prospect of any relief from the sun that is steadfastly refusing to sneak out from behind quite thick silver grey clouds which the light southerly is not having much effect on blowing away.
I definitely won't be wearing shorts to the match this afternoon! Fingers crossed that it might warm up a bit as most or my warm woolies are still in Wellington.
@ACT-Crusader Possibly, but even they will be feeling it a bit at the moment. Fingers crossed that it does warm up to the mid teens this afternoon as it can't be fun playing in English like winter conditions. Just a crying shame I did not think about packing my hipflask when I came up home two months ago (for a two week stay, or so I thought at the time!) as it will be a necessity by the time the second half kicks off some time around 5.30pm.
Hawke's Bay v South Canterbury (RS)