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NZ Resident 18s and Taurahere teams namd
Source: https://www.nzrl.co.nz/fanzone/news/2017/9/nz-resident-18s-and-taurahere-teams-named/

New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 18s and Taurahere squads for their September 23 match-up.

The two sides will face off against each other in hopes of earning a spot in the New Zealand 18s team who will take on the Australian Schoolboys later this month.

Seven of the nineteen players in the NZ Resident 18s squad, Hayze Perham, Sheldon Rogers, Lewis Sio, Javvier Pitovao, Awatere Kiwara, Nitoa Kairau and Jordan Riki, come off the back of being selected in the National Secondary Schools Tournament team last week.

This young side includes seven players who are also still eligible to play for New Zealand 18s next year.

The last time a NZ 18s fixture took place in 2015 the NZ Resident 18s were defeated by the Australian Schoolboys in both encounters.

This year presents the first opportunity for players at 18s level to wear the black jersey. The selection for this team will include not only the best of those residing in New Zealand (NZ Residents 18s), but also New Zealanders currently playing in Australia (Taurahere) to create a New Zealand 18s side that represents the best of New Zealand.

New Zealand 18s Head Coach Ezra Howe says the fixtures will further strengthen the NZRL pathways for those wanting to reach the pinnacle of rugby league in New Zealand.

“This is a great opportunity for the boys to put their best foot forward playing against Australia while enjoying being in an elite environment.

“Players like James Fisher-Harris who was part of the Taurahere programme when it first started back in 2014, show that these pathways provide a good foundation to then go on and represent New Zealand at the highest level.

“I know this fixture will see a good standard of football being played from both teams with many talented boys to take the field.

“Being a part of these programmes is just as rewarding for the coaching staff as it is for the players so I am thankful to NZRL for this opportunity,” he says.

The 19-man NZ Resident 18s squad will be reduced to 18 after a full squad training camp this Friday and Saturday.

New Zealand Resident 18s v Taurahere
Saturday 23 September
Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland

New Zealand Resident 18s team:
*last zone represented as per LeagueNet

Upper Central: Hayze Perham, Sheldon Rogers; Akarana: Mikey Williams, Matt Timoko, Emanuel Gerard Tuimavave, Soane Hufanga, Lewis Sio, Javvier Pitovao, Tyler Slade, Kayal Iro; Mid Central: Awatere Kiwara, Wesley Veikoso; Counties Manukau: Dylan Tavita, Nitoa Kairau, Dredin Sorenson-McGee; Southern: Seth Tauamiti, Jordan Riki, Daniel Sakisi; Northland: Paul Turner.

Head Coach - Moehewa Armstrong
Assistant Coach - Alan Ettles
Manager - Ben Vaipaata
Trainer - Marrin Haggie
Physio - Ulima Tofi

Taurahere team:

Brisbane Broncos: Dre Ngatui-Woe; Cronulla Sharks: Fine Kula; Gold Coast Titans: Darius Farmer, Jackson Paulo; Manly Sea Eagles: Semisi Kioa, Zaane Weatherall, Keith Titums, Mark Tepu-Smith, Alfred Smalley ; North Queensland Cowboys: Murray Taulagi, Peter Hola; Parramatta Eels: Joseph Taipari, Oregan Kaufusi, Vallance Harris; South Sydney Rabbitohs: Mawene Hiroti; St. George Illawarra Dragons: Steven Marsters; Melbourne Storm: Kelma Tuilagi; Sydney Roosters: Baylee Bentley-Hape.

Head Coach - Rangi Hiroti
Assistant Coach - Tim McIntyre
Manager - Antony Bosley
Trainer - Lee Paru
Physio - David Close


https://www.nzrl.co.nz/fanzone/news/2017/9/nz-resident-18s-and-taurahere-teams-named/
 
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New Zealand Select 18s defeated by Australian Schoolboys 26-18
Source: https://www.nzrl.co.nz/

No energy was spared by the New Zealand Select 18s team who were defeated by a classy Australian Schoolboys in their encounter at Puketawhero Park in Rotorua tonight.


The winner at the end of the 80 minute bout would be the team that adjusted best to the torrential downpour - that was the Australian Schoolboys. The team from across the ditch managed to dominate possession in the first half leading to first points on the board for Ky Rodwell in the opening 15 minutes.


After preventing several more four-pointer attempts from the Australian Schoolboys, the battling New Zealand defensive line let in a try from James Roumano who took the score to 12-0, aided by another successful conversion.


Twenty-five minutes into the first half, New Zealand hit back with a try from Lewis Sio who crashed through a tight Australian defense. However, the Australian Schoolboys weren’t silenced for long as their classy second-rower, David Fafita, crossed the line for their third try extending their lead to 18-6 following a successful conversion off the boot of Zac Lomax. Fafita’s outstanding attacking prowess saw him awarded Most Valuable Player for his side at the post-game award ceremony.


After being awarded a penalty minutes before halftime, the Australian’s took the two points with Zac Lomax continuing his 100 percent success rate at goal – New Zealand head into halftime trailing 20-6.


The second half started in a similar fashion to the first with the Australian Schoolboys’, Luke Huth, scoring in the opening ten minutes. A third successful conversion from Lomax had the visitors in front by ten points, 26-6.


Then came New Zealand’s secret weapon. The minute South Islander, Seth Tauamiti, stepped on the field, his presence was known. His impressive physicality saw the impact player conduct several hit ups which resulted in a well-deserved try that was successfully converted by Baylee Bentley-Hape, score 26-12.


New Zealand’s momentum grew as they regained more of the possession that the Australian’s had held onto in the first half. A try to Dray Ngatuere-Wroe and another conversion to Baylee Bentley-Hape closed the gap to 26-18.


Despite being presented with a couple of opportunities on the Australians’ line, the boys in black and white struggled to adjust to the wet conditions unable to keep the ball in hand.


An incredible line dropout from the Australians that saw the ball hurtled all the way to the opposite end of the field had the New Zealand team back on defence. Their never-say-die attitude saw them turn the ball over with one more shot at a four-pointer. New Zealand’s Kayal Iro almost managed to tip-toe down the right wing but was caught in-touch moments before planting the ball.


Preventing one last try-scoring attempt from the Australians saw the score remain 26-18 at the full-time whistle with Australian Schoolboys Head Coach, Tony Adam, more than happy with the end result.


“It was an extremely physical contest where our boys were bombarded by a strong New Zealand attack – we also managed to adapt well to the wet conditions,”


“Our side did well to keep turning up even when the Kiwi boys came at them with seven repeat sets,”


“Before the match against the New Zealand 18s on Saturday, we’ll go away and reflect on our game structures, we’ve still got improvements to make before then,” he said.


The result may not have gone their way but New Zealand 18s Select Head Coach, Rangi Hiroti, was pleased with his team’s gutsy performance.


“I’m proud of how the boys fought back in the second half after the Australian’s controlled play in the first 40 minutes,”


“We applied a lot of pressure forcing turnovers and repeat sets to get us back in the game. To me, that goes to show that our boys put it all out on the field today” he said.


If tonight’s clash is anything to go by, spectators are in for an action-packed game on Saturday morning at Trust Arena where the Australian Schoolboys will come up against the New Zealand 18s black jersey team at 11.30am (NZT).


Awards:

Australian Schoolboys Most Valuable Player of the Match – David Fafita

New Zealand Select 18s Most Valuable Player of the Match – Dredin Sorensen

New Zealand 18s Select v Australian Schoolboys

Tuesday, September 26, 6pm

Puketawhero Park, Rotorua

Australian Schoolboys 26 (Ky Rodwell, David Fifita, Luke Huth, James Roumanos tries; Zac Lomax 4 goals; Zac Lomax penalty goal) New Zealand 18s Select 18 (Dray Ngatuere-Wroe, Lewis Sio, Seth Tauamiti tries; Baylee Bentley-Hape 2 goals)

NZ 18s Select

1: Emanuel Gerrard-Tuimavave
2: Aublix Tawha
3: Kea Pere
4: Zaan Weatherall (Co-Captain)
5: Awatere Kiwara
6: Bayleigh Bentley-Hape
7: Dray Ngatuere-Wroe (Captain)
8: Wesley Veikoso
9: Sheldon Rodgers
10: Ranapiri Tau
11: Javvier Pitovao
12: Dredin Sorensen
13: Phillip Makatoa
14: Kayal Iro
15: Lewis Sio
16: Daniel Sakisi
17: Seth Tauamiti
18: Mike Williams
19: Mark Tepu-Smith
 
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NZ U18s squad to play Australian schoolboys on Saturday

Valance Harris (Parramatta Eels)
Mawene Hiroti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Peter Hola (North Qld Cowboys)
Soane Hufanga (Warriors/Akarana)
Fine Kula (Cronulla Sharks)
Phillip Makatoa (Sydney Roosters)
Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Sean Mullany (North Qld Cowboys)
Jaxson Paulo (Gold Coast Titans)
Hayze Perham (Warriors/Upper Central)
Jordan Riki (Southern)
Tyler Slade (Warriors/Akarana)
Joseph Taipari (Parramatta Eels)
Dylan Tavita (Warriors/Counties Manakau)
Matt Timoko (Akarana)
Kelma Tuilagi (Melbourne Storm)
Paul Turner (Warriors/Northland)

Some interesting facts. Philip Makatoa is a cousin of Sonny Bill Williams, Joseph Taipari won the SG Ball comp for Paramatta alongside another Kiwi half in Dylan Brown. Brown is playing in the NYC Grand Final for Paramatta this weekend. Mawene Hiroti played for Australian school boys last year. Steven Marsters is the cousin of Esan Marsters who plays for West Tigers.

Other players eligible to play for the NZ u18s but are instead playing in the NYC Grand Final

Alfred Smalley
John Fonua
Oregon Kaufusi
Semisi Kioa
Noel Aukafolau
Keith Titmuss
Dylan Brown

There are two Kiwi eligible players playing for the Australian schoolboys side. Haze Dunster and Shawn Blore. Interestingly they replaced Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Brown both Kiwis.
 
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NZ U18s squad to play Australian schoolboys on Saturday

Valance Harris (Parramatta Eels)
Mawene Hiroti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Peter Hola (North Qld Cowboys)
Soane Hufanga (Warriors/Akarana)
Fine Kula (Cronulla Sharks)
Phillip Makatoa (Sydney Roosters)
Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Sean Mullany (North Qld Cowboys)
Jaxson Paulo (Gold Coast Titans)
Hayze Perham (Warriors/Upper Central)
Jordan Riki (Southern)
Tyler Slade (Warriors/Akarana)
Joseph Taipari (Parramatta Eels)
Dylan Tavita (Warriors/Counties Manakau)
Matt Timoko (Akarana)
Kelma Tuilagi (Melbourne Storm)
Paul Turner (Warriors/Northland)

Some interesting facts. Philip Makatoa is a cousin of Sonny Bill Williams, Joseph Taipari won the SG Ball comp for Paramatta alongside another Kiwi half in Dylan Brown. Brown is playing in the NYC Grand Final for Paramatta this weekend. Mawene Hiroti played for Australian school boys last year. Steven Marsters is the cousin of Esan Marsters who plays for West Tigers.

Other players eligible to play for the NZ u18s but are instead playing in the NYC Grand Final

Alfred Smalley
John Fonua
Oregon Kaufusi
Semisi Kioa
Noel Aukafolau
Keith Titmuss
Dylan Brown

There are two Kiwi eligible players playing for the Australian schoolboys side. Haze Dunster and Shawn Blore. Interestingly they replaced Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Brown both Kiwis.
Watched Dylan Brown play for the first time in the weekend in the Parra NYC semi final, absolutely unreal talent and extremely composed for a 17 year old, he basically took over the game. Reminds me of what Chanel Harris-Tavita could be if he was surrounded by a decent team. Apparently Dylan Brown lived in Whangarei up until a year ago; yet another reason why Iro and his scouts should be sacked. Some amazing Kiwi talent in that Eels NYC side with Greg Leleisiuao, Dane & Noel Aukafolau and Oregon Kaufusi if he chooses NZ.

Very strong U18 side there, should be a close game.
  1. Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra Dragons)
  2. Jaxson Paulo (Gold Coast Titans)
  3. Mawene Hiroti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  4. Hayze Perham (Warriors/Upper Central)
  5. Matt Timoko (Akarana)
  6. Joseph Taipari (Parramatta Eels)
  7. Paul Turner (Warriors/Northland)
  8. Fine Kula (Cronulla Sharks)
  9. Dylan Tavita (Warriors/Counties Manakau)
  10. Soane Hufanga (Warriors/Akarana)
  11. Tyler Slade (Warriors/Akarana)
  12. Jordan Riki (Southern)
  13. Peter Hola (North Qld Cowboys)

  14. Sean Mullany (North Qld Cowboys)
  15. Valance Harris (Parramatta Eels)
  16. Phillip Makatoa (Sydney Roosters)
  17. Kelma Tuilagi (Melbourne Storm)
 

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Watched Dylan Brown play for the first time in the weekend in the Parra NYC semi final, absolutely unreal talent and extremely composed for a 17 year old, he basically took over the game. Reminds me of what Chanel Harris-Tavita could be if he was surrounded by a decent team. Apparently Dylan Brown lived in Whangarei up until a year ago; yet another reason why Iro and his scouts should be sacked. Some amazing Kiwi talent in that Eels NYC side with Greg Leleisiuao, Dane & Noel Aukafolau and Oregon Kaufusi if he chooses NZ.

Yeah went to Whangarei Boys High. I don't see why Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Brown where even orginally selected for Australian school boys considering they can't play for NSW due to the fact they moved over after the age of 13. ( Based on ARL comission eligibilty criteria you cant play e.g. Semi Radradra ). Will be interesting in the next few years at Paramatta considering the amount of young Kiwi talent they have coming through the ranks. Joe Taipari and Dylan Brown won the SG ball comp this year playing in the halves, with Joe Taipari winning MOM in the final and Dylan Brown scoring a hatrick in the same match. Also Hayze Dunster is another Kiwi playing for Paramtta who will play half back for Australian schoolboys on Saturday
 
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For those interested the NZ u18s vs Australian schoolboys game will be held at Trusts arena in Henderson. Cost of Entry is a gold coin. Kick off is at 11.30am this Saturday.
 
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Yeah went to Whangarei Boys High. I don't see why Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Brown where even orginally selected for Australian school boys considering they can't play for NSW due to the fact they moved over after the age of 13. ( Based on ARL comission eligibilty criteria you cant play e.g. Semi Radradra ). Will be interesting in the next few years at Paramatta considering the amount of young Kiwi talent they have coming through the ranks. Joe Taipari and Dylan Brown won the SG ball comp this year playing in the halves, with Joe Taipari winning MOM in the final and Dylan Brown scoring a hatrick in the same match. Also Hayze Dunster is another Kiwi playing for Paramtta who will play half back for Australian schoolboys on Saturday
Parramatta are set up very well for the future, seems very interesting that all their bright prospects are Kiwis. Should be a good match up for them against Manly because they also have a number of future kiwi stars. Manase Fainu looks like an absolute gun. Tevita Funa looks the goods and even Alfred Smalley looks like a different player since leaving the Warriors.
 

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Parramatta are set up very well for the future, seems very interesting that all their bright prospects are Kiwis. Should be a good match up for them against Manly because they also have a number of future kiwi stars. Manase Fainu looks like an absolute gun. Tevita Funa looks the goods and even Alfred Smalley looks like a different player since leaving the Warriors.

Manase Fainu will be captain for the Junior Kiwis next year in my opinion. Like you said absolute gun in the making. Wouldnt be surprised if he spends the majority of his time next season playing NSW cup even though he'll still be eligible for the u20s comp.

Paramatta have done a fantastic job scouting and signing NZ talent. Sione Katoa from Cronulla who made the NYC team of the year this year was signed from Paramatta. It leaves me scratching my head how the Warriors miss out on such good talent.
 

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Manase Fainu will be captain for the Junior Kiwis next year in my opinion. Like you said absolute gun in the making. Wouldnt be surprised if he spends the majority of his time next season playing NSW Cup even though he'll still be eligible for the u20s comp.

Paramatta have done a fantastic job scouting and signing NZ talent. Sione Katoa from Cronulla who made the NYC team of the year this year was signed from Paramatta. It leaves me scratching my head how the Warriors miss out on such good talent.
Agreed on Manase Fainu. There's been a lot of talk about all the hooker prospects NZ has been producing in recent years such as Danny Levi, Brandon Smith, Nathaniel Roache and Manaia Cherrington etc. But IMO Fainu has to be the most talented of all of them. The amount of times he creates something out of nothing from around the ruck is insane and there's literally not a single hole in his game.

Yeah for sure, Parramatta have shown the Warriors how to do it. There's definitely something going wrong in terms of evaluating young talent at this club. Its not so much a case of not being able to keep them all, but more a case of not keeping the right ones. We're just not going after the right types of players. I've noticed, especially in recent seasons, this club actively goes after the shorter, stronger and nuggety type players when the game is moving towards tall, athletic and skilled players.
 

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I don't see why Oregon Kaufusi and Dylan Brown where even orginally selected for Australian school boys considering they can't play for NSW due to the fact they moved over after the age of 13. ( Based on ARL comission eligibilty criteria you cant play e.g. Semi Radradra ).

Because Australian Schoolboys has no relation to senior rep eligibility. As long as you're attending high school in Australia you're eligible. I do think it is stupid how they still pick Kiwi boys who are ineligible to play for the senior Kangaroos and we end up with a situation like the one with Hiroti. Although, Oregon Kaufusi must be eligible for NSW because he played for NSW U18s this year.

Also, apart from Brown and Taipari, I doubt Parra has recruited the Kiwi boys straight out of NZ. I'd say the majority just moved over at a young(ish) age and grew up in Western Sydney.
 
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Although, Oregon Kaufusi must be eligible for NSW because he played for NSW U18s this year.
You can still play age grade rep football for NSW but not be eligible for state of origin. Junior Paulo played NSW under 20's but isn't eligible for NSW in state of origin because he moved to Sydney after his 13th birthday.
 

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You can still play age grade rep football for NSW but not be eligible for state of origin. Junior Paulo played NSW under 20's but isn't eligible for NSW in state of origin because he moved to Sydney after his 13th birthday.

Which then begs the question why would they then pick him in their Emerging Blues squad?. The goalposts are always being moved to suit agendas at any given time.
*Spencer Leniu on the bench for Aus Schoolboys is another who's eligible for the Kiwis and big wraps on Semisi Kioa who is in the centres for Manly in the u20s GF.
 

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You can still play age grade rep football for NSW but not be eligible for state of origin. Junior Paulo played NSW under 20's but isn't eligible for NSW in state of origin because he moved to Sydney after his 13th birthday
I stand corrected, he is in fact eligible. Got my facts mixed up.
 

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I stand corrected, he is in fact eligible. Got my facts mixed up.

There was an NRL article published a few years back which stated Paulo moved to Australia in his teens. But recently in another article I read recently it stated he moved when he was a child.
 

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Commentators saying Dylan Brown would've lined-up for the Australian Schoolboys had he not played in today's U20's final ... thought he was a Kiwi.
 

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Commentators saying Dylan Brown would've lined-up for the Australian Schoolboys had he not played in today's U20's final ... thought he was a Kiwi.

He is a Kiwi moved to Australia in 2016. Both him and Oregon Kaifusu are Kiwis. Under the current rules he can play for Junior rep sides Australia NSW e.g. Don't know why they continue to select kiwis though they can never represent these sides at senior level.

I remember Mark Geyer bitching a few years back about young kiwi players taking the spot of an Australian youngster. Maybe he should tell the ARLC, NSWRL and QRL to stop selecting young Kiwis.

Looks like Dylan Brown could win the SG Ball and NYC comp in the same year. Kid is gonna be class.
 

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He is a Kiwi moved to Australia in 2016. Both him and Oregon Kaifusu are Kiwis. Under the current rules he can play for Junior rep sides Australia NSW e.g. Don't know why they continue to select kiwis though they can never represent these sides at senior level.

I remember Mark Geyer bitching a few years back about young kiwi players taking the spot of an Australian youngster. Maybe he should tell the ARLC, NSWRL and QRL to stop selecting young Kiwis.

Looks like Dylan Brown could win the SG Ball and NYC comp in the same year. Kid is gonna be class.

Ahh okay, yep definitely a strange set up ... good thing tier 1 elegibility rules are a lot clearer now than they used to be.

MG's got a valid point.
 
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