In a massive boost for Rugby League in Northland, three players are in contention for NZRL representation for the 16s and 18s. James Dean Fisher-Harris from the Marist Brothers 18s and Whangarei Boys High School was named in the original squad, Hamish Pomare from the Muriwhenua 18s and Kaitaia College has been a shock inclusion in the 30 man squad after scintillating performances at last week’s NZSSSC Secondary School Rugby League Nationals. Hamish, who plays at either Centre, Fullback or Wing performed consistently throughout the week long tournament, but it was his performance in the final game against Aranui High from Christchurch, where he dominated and controlled the game, scoring two tries and setting up a number of others.
The third player in contention is Taui Arona, from Marist Brothers 18s and Pompellier College. Taui has been named on standby for NZRL 16s squad that will take on the Queensland Academy 16s.
The final squad for the 18s will be confirmed on Thursday the 19th September, after this week’s NZRL National Competition 17s games. All three Northland players will be playing this week when the Swords take on Waicoa Bay Colts in Huntly this Sunday.