The preparation for this year's NZ Schools selection and games will start soon. It looks like there won't be games against Aussie Schools this year. If true, that's really disappointing.
This is the NZR media release:
Super Rugby Under 18 Camps to showcase secondary school talent
6 SEPTEMBER 2022
The next generation of New Zealand rugby stars are currently being identified and selected by Super Rugby Clubs for Under 18 camps set to run across the country.
Each of the five New Zealand Super Rugby Clubs will host and facilitate the Under 18 development camps from October 1 – 5 in their respective super region.
New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) High Performance Player Development Manager Matt Sexton said the camps provide an opportunity for the next generation of rugby talent in New Zealand to be exposed to the High Performance pathway.
“We have an abundance of young talented players across New Zealand, to have over 200 players attending across the five regions is fantastic. The camps will allow these players to be exposed to key elements for a future in professional rugby. We want each individual to be able to walk away from these camps with a clear picture as to what their pathway is and what they need to do to achieve their goals.”
“Once again it is fantastic to have Super Rugby level coaches and management leading these teams, their knowledge and experience is invaluable for young players.”
Under 18 Development Camps will be hosted in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Facilitated by NZR and Super Rugby staff, Under 18 players made up of school and club players, will assemble on Saturday 1 October.
At the conclusion of the week-long camps the 2022 New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand Barbarians and Under 18 Māori teams will be selected. Those three teams will then compete alongside Fijian Schools team in a four-team series.
This is from the Hurricanes media release:
Hurricanes U18 Camp 2022
Shield Snorters Community Fitness Centre Trust, Hastings
Tuesday 4 October, Owen Delany Park, Taupo
- Hurricanes U18 Game 1 vs Fiji XV – 1:30pm
- Hurricanes U18 Game 2 vs Fiji U18 – 3:00pm
Here is the Chiefs U18 Development squad.
Looking at the names, some of the players involved in U19s are younger than I thought to be in the U18s too. Surprised to see Cody Vai in the Chiefs, and not the Blues. I had been told that Payton Spencer is following his father's career path and had signed with the Blues. This confirms it.
Richie Tuipelehake Tupua'ilei - St Thomas of Canterbury
Suliasi Faiva - St Bede's College
Zach Parkin - Timaru Boys High School
Manumaua Letiu - Christchurch Boys High School
Bryn Graham - Shirley Boys High School
Lachlan Harris-Tatana - St Thomas of Canterbury
Shaun Kempton - Selwyn Combined
Riley Brewis - Christchurch Boys High School
Sione Mafi - Nelson College
Iveni Nasio - Shirley Boys High School
Lehopoame Leota - Christ's College
Hennie Fa'avae - Nelson College
Jayden Sa - Christ's College
Finn McLeod - Christchurch Boys High School
Liam Jack - Christ's College
Norman Palu - St Thomas of Canterbury
Andre Sula - St Bede's College
Jackson Ross - Timaru Boys High School
Christian Ioane - St Bede's College
Max Ansell - Christchurch Boys High School
Cameron Blackwood - St Andrew's College
Jack Coulthard - St Thomas of Canterbury
George Gunn - St Bede's College
Cale Tairua - Timaru Boys High School
James Moore - Christchurch Boys High School
Matt Lowe - Nelson College
Tanner Stowers-Smith - St Bede's College
Harry Nossiter - Christchurch Boys High School
Tylah Blake - Nelson College
Ben O'Donovan - St Bede's College
Ned Milne - Timaru Boys High School
Ollie Burra - Christchurch Boys High School
Hugh Robinson - Malborough Boys College
Jordan Soli - Shirley Boys High School
Callum Summerfield - Christ's College
Oliver Lawry - St Thomas of Canterbury
Harrison Inch - Nelson College
Cam Rawlings - St Bede's College
Maretino Kaloudau - St Thomas of Canterbury
Nelesoni Malaulau - Nelson College
Kurtis MacDonald - Christchurch Boys High School
Jamayne Feast - St Bede's College
Timoci Sauira - Nelson College
Riley Lucas - St Bede's College
Tevita Faitotonu - St Thomas of Canterbury
Jack Busch-Ward - Christchurch Boys High School
Dakota Kakoi - Shirley Boys High School
Alizjah Campbell - Selwyn Combined
Cooper Roberts - Malborough Boys College
Thomas Ruwhiu - St Andrew's College
Luca Tracey - Christchurch Boys High School
2022 Hurricanes U18 Development Camp attendees:
Dylan Bronlund - Gisborne Boys High School - Poverty Bay
King Maxwell - Gisborne Boys High School - Poverty Bay
Carlos Hihi - Gisborne Boys High School - Poverty Bay
Gus Brown - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Cornelius Mienie (CJ) - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Max Ratcliffe - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Joel Russell - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Angus Prouting - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Ta$man Soanai Oeti - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Cory Berkett - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Adam Curran - Napier Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Patrick Tuifua - Lindisfarne College - Shield Snorters
Tom Allen - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Bryson Crawford-Pakoti - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Aone Lolofie - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Josh Leach - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Tali Ioasa - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Matolu Petaia - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Fletcher Bainbridge - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Jehmial Ross - Hastings Boys High School - Shield Snorters
Dylan Homan - St Johns College - Shield Snorters
Konradd Newland - Whanganui Collegiate - Whanganui
Joshua Brunger - Whanganui Collegiate - Whanganui
Liam O'Connor - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Telson Liuvaie - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Logan Wallace - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Tayne Harvey - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Simi Ului - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Sam Coles - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Joe Simpson-Smith - Palmerston North Boys High School - Manawatu
Mosese Bason - Feilding High School - Manawatu
Sam Kane - Feilding High School - Manawatu
Vernon Bason - Feilding High School - Manawatu
Kade Manuel - Feilding High School - Manawatu
William Fonohema - Feilding High School - Manawatu
Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula - College Old Boys - Manawatu
Moses Armstrong-Ravula - St Andrews College - Manawatu
Wiremu Bartlett - Rathkeale College - Wairarapa Bush
Jordan Chapman - St Patricks College - Wellington
Francis Mettrick - St Patricks College - Wellington
Salesa Seumanufagai - St Patricks College - Wellington
Sione Latu - Scots College - Wellington
Letitaia Campbell - Scots College - Wellington
Stanley Solomon - Wellington College - Wellington
Senio Sanele - St Patricks College, Silverstream - Wellington
Toby Mallon - St Patricks College, Silverstream - Wellington
Lennox Easthope - St Patricks College, Silverstream - Wellington
Sione Baker - Mana College - Wellington
Tofuka Paongo - Tawa RFC - Wellington
Comprised of identified talent from the Hurricanes region – the squad boasts twelve returnees from the 2021 edition and two sets of brothers out of the Manawatū region.
Of the returnees – 18-year-old Manawatū first-five Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula comes in having led the Manawatū Evergreens during the provincial development season, as well as being part of the Hurricanes U20s during May’s Super Rugby U20s tournament in Taupo. He’s joined by his younger brother, Moses, a front rower out of St Andrew’s College who will join the Manawatū Academy in 2023.
Feilding High School Hooker, Vernon Bason, who was named in the NZ Secondary Schools side in 2021 returns and is joined by younger brother, 17-year-old Mosese, a promising loose forward.
Napier Boy’s High School – runners up at the recent National Top Four in Palmerston North, with eight members of their side selected, headlined by returnees Corey Berkett and Max Ratcliffe, alongside another ten players from the region.
Heartland region representatives at the camp – the returning Konradd Newland is joined by his Whanganui Collegiate teammate Joshua Brunger, as well as Rathkeale College’s Wiremu Bartlett out of Wairarapa-Bush.
Fresh from winning the Tranzit Coachlines 1st XV Premiership title – Silverstream prop Senio Sanele returns alongside his teammates, Toby Mallon and Lennox Easthope.
A step on the path to professional rugby, the Super Rugby Development Camps provide the identified talent key information and coaching to support their rugby development, off-field growth and personal leadership, while connecting the players with the Super Rugby Club, to lay foundations for future success as they transition out of college rugby.
Hurricanes Head Coach, Jason Holland as well as assistants Chris Gibbes, Cory Jane and Tyler Bleyendaal will work closely with the players in their position specific roles through the week as well and Mindset Coach, Luke Rowe and Professional Development Manager, Arden David-Perrott, himself a graduate of the Hurricanes U18 programme on personal leadership and off field development.
The camp will culminate with two sides taking on the Fiji U18s and a Fiji U18 Selection at Taupo’s Owen Delany Park on Tuesday 4 October.
2022 Highlanders Schools squad
highlandersteam After a competitive 1st XV season to date and the introduction of the Highlanders U18 Cup played between our provincial unions, we are pleased to announce the 2022 Highlanders Schools Squad 🙌
The development camp will be held 1-3 October and culminate with a game against the Junior Crusaders in Pleasant Point on 4th October.
Highlanders Talent Development Manager, Kane Jury says; “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the robust selection process. This year proved to be the toughest one to date and we’re all excited to learn more about the young talent within our region.”
Congrats to all those selected 💪
2022 NZ Schools