Four West Coast players were selected to attend the
South Island NZ RUGBY REGIONAL & NATIONAL U/18 MAORI RUGBY E TU TOA CAMP.
Te Waipounamu South Island Maori regions at the 2016 National NZRU Maori training camp in Rotorua during the July Holidays.
This camp was held in Christchurch and those selected from the West Coast were This Camp is to provide a genuine rugby pathway from regional tournaments to higher honours for those with Maori ancestry.
Those selected to attend were.
Jesse Ormsby – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15.
Caleb Thompson – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15.
Vaughtin Patena-Fortune – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15 and the Westland Combined U/16’s
Kiwa Kahukura – Plays for the Greymouth High 1st 15 and for the Marist Rugby Club.
From this camp a squad representing the Te Waipounamu South Island Maori regions at the 2016 National NZRU Maori training camp in Rotorua during the July Holidays was selected and Jesse Ormsby made that selection with Kiwa Kahukura on standby should he be required.
Jesse will now attend the Inter-Regional camp in Rotorua, a final squad of 25 will be selected to form a National Maori U18 team.
The National Maori U18 team will then attend a National camp aligned with other Nation Teams, NZ schools and NZ baba Schools program in September 2016.
These camps look to enhance not only players rugby skills but also an understanding of Tikanga Maori, and the opportunities Maori rugby can provide in the coming years.
New Zealand rugby will be covering all cost’s.
The annual National Area Schools Tournament Top of the South Team
Joe plays for the Westland High 1st 15 and for the Westland Combined U/16 team.
The annual National area schools tournament is being hosted by the South of the South zone this year and it is taking place in Dunedin (11/7/2016 to 16/7/2016).
Last week Reuban Clough, Jack Greig and Joe Glancy were among students selected from the Top of the South zone to attend rugby trials against Canterbury Area Schools in Rangiora, those who are successful form the Top of the South team and travel to Dunedin to compete in the National Tournament.
The competition was tough and the selectors Tony Peacock (Murchison) and Steve Beck (Hurunui) worked the boys hard. Jack and Reuban narrowly missed out on selection and Joe was successful in gaining a place on the squad as a lock.