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Sunday 4th September, Toll Stadium

1.                       Jordan Katene (Otangarei)
2.                       Israel Tahere (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
3.                       Ross Mc Farlane (Takahiwai)
4.                       Te Tuhi Tipene (Moerewa)
5.                       Munokoa Maikuku (Moerewa)
6.                       Kyle Hool (Takahiwai)
7.                       Brodee Plamer (Moerewa)
8.                       Eli George (Moerewa)
9.                       Wilson Hona (Moerewa)
10.                     Logan Pocklington (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
11.                     Pedro Blake (Otangarei)
12.                     Haylin Rogers (Moerewa)
13.                     Vern Wilson (Otangarei

14.                     Daniel Fulop (Northern Wairoa Bulls)
15.                     Jordan Hool (Takahiwai)
16.                     Sam Henry (Otangarei)
17.                     Doug Makiri   (Otangarei) 18.  Moses Cooper (Hora Hora)

Coach:              Jon Renes

Asst Coach:     Jack Walker

Manager:         Edward irving

Trainer:            Dean Schruers

Physio:             Skye Renes

Strapper:         Caitlin Riedstra

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After the rains earlier in the day the Secondary Schools Rugby League match in the top of table clash for the Adam Blair Trophy between Whangarei Boys High and Kamo College was played out in the hot afternoon sun at the Boys High ground.  A fast and furious start by the hosts saw two early tries and dominant field position before Kamo rallied its defensive attitude to counter the strong and often wide ranging attacks from a determined Boys High forward pack. Winning some ball of their own Kamo staged their own challenge in the middle with prop Ariki Hughes leading the charge with powerful running and honest lines to draw the opposition defenders and score some tries of their own.  By the end of the first half the try count was three to two to the hosts and score line of 16 -12.

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Fisher-Harris replaces Mannering in Four nationsFisher-Harris replaces Mannering in Four nations

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NZ Kiwis veteran Simon Mannering (Kiwi #731) has been ruled out of the upcoming Four Nations campaign in England.

He did not travel to Perth for the test match against Australia to give him an extra week to recover from a minor knee injury, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough time.

“He’s up and running, but his knee isn’t game ready,” said Kiwis team doctor Greg Macleod.

“We have maintained regular contact with the NZ Warriors medical staff and we were optimistic that Simon would be ready for the tour. It turns out he needs a bit more time to make a full recovery.”

Penrith Panthers forward James Fisher-Hariis (20) replaces the former Kiwis captain.

Kiwis coach David Kidwell is excited to have Fisher-Harris in the squad.

“He was really high on our list for the initial squad, but narrowly missed out. We are fortunate to have this calibre of player to call on.

“He’s come through the NZRL pathways and has performed at a very high level in the NRL. I’m looking forward to getting him in camp.”

“Simon is a big loss for us. His leadership, experience and work ethic are really valuable, but I’m confident in my senior playing group to demonstrate those characteristics, on and off the field.”

Fisher-Harris will join the team tomorrow, when they assemble in Auckland before leaving for England.

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Jason has just returned to the fold following an operation on his knees which kept him out of the competition for the latter part of the 2013 season. Jason’s experience as an official in the Northland comp over a number of years, has been invaluable to the Referees Association. Jason officianted as a touchy in the RLN Semi’s at Toll Stadium.