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New Zealand Heartland Under 19 squad announced

The first national Heartland Under 19 squad to compete in the inaugural Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament has been named today.

The New Zealand Heartland Under 19 squad includes representatives from each of the 12 Pink Batts Heartland Championship provinces, with 13 players already playing in the Pink Batts Heartland Championship.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Community and Provincial Union Rugby Brent Anderson said the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament will showcase the best young talent in the country.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our Heartland Unions. To have each of the 12 provinces represented in this team shows how much talent there is in this age group, across the regions.

“Many of the players are already attached to Pink Batts Heartland Championship teams so their combined force will bring some fierce competition to this new tournament.

"It's fantastic to see the Heartland Unions getting behind this tournament by releasing their players for this team, because the tournament is an important and unique opportunity for these young men.”

Tournament details

The Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament is a new competition introduced to provide further opportunities for young school leavers, 16 teams from provinces around New Zealand will play on three tournament days; Sunday 28 September, Wednesday 1 October and Saturday 4 October at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, with players taking part in development programmes on non-game days.

Games kick off at 11.05am on all days.

Regional qualification tournaments have been taken place around the country for a number of weeks, with final seedings to be decided tomorrow, Saturday 20 September.

Broadcast: Matches will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 & 2

For further information follow the official facebook page at NationalUnder19s

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The NZ Heartland Under 19 squad is: 


Name

Provincial Union

Nicolas Judd

Thames Valley

Adam Williamson

Mid Canterbury

James Brett

Wanganui

Sione Palaa

North Otago

Nic Barnes

King Country

Jesse Halls

Horowhenua-Kapiti

Dion Peterson

King Country

Cody Cunningham

Wairarapa Bush

Luke Watson

Buller

Mitchell Overton

Wanganui

Michael Foden

King Country

Seta Korotimana

Mid Canterbury

Chaz Matthews

Wairarapa Bush

Logan Winter

West Coast

Trent Reti

Horowhenua-Kapiti

Daryl Pickering

Wairarapa Bush

Zyon Hekenui

Wanganui

Bryce Shearer

South Canterbury

Josh Costello

West Coast

Kameli Kuruyabaki

Wanganui

Te Whetu Waitoa

East Coast

Scott Anderson

Horowhenua-Kapiti

Sean Taylor

Poverty Bay

Josh Turner

Thames Valley

Dennis Te Kahika

Poverty Bay