In the week leading up to the big event, it’s great to see that other Northlanders are making at impact at an International Level.
Firstly Manaia Cherrington played a star role in the Junior Kiwis nailbiting 15 – 14 win over the Junior Roo’s at hooker and as captain on the 18th Of October. Manaia who plays the West Tigers is originally from Whangaruru and moved to Australia when he was 5.
James Dean Fisher Harris was Man of the Match for the Taurahere Kiwis in their second “Test Match” between the Taurahere Kiwis (U18s Kiwis selected from Australian based players) v the Kiwi U18s Residents. The Taurahere defeated the Residents 30 – 10 to win the series 2 – 0.Harris was recruited to the Penrith Panthers U20s after a stand out year for the Swords U17s in the National Competiton in 2013. Another Northlander, Kalani Going, played alongside James, also had a superb performance scoring a try in the first game win 20 -18. Kalani moved to Canberra in 2013 to play in the Raiders in system where he plays SG Ball the U18s competiton.
Tumoana Halkyard has recently been named in the NZ University team that will take on a South Island selection as the curtain raiser for the Kiwis v England game in Dunedin on November 8th. Tumoana who played for Mt Albert in the Auckland U20s this year, also represented the Northern Swords in the NZRL Pirtek Championship as well as trialed for the NZRL U18s team as was a star performer in the 2013 Sowrds U17s. Click here for more information.