Trio make South Is­land team

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Tal­ent, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion has paid off for three promis­ing Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown rugby players.

Zach Ran­dall of Clyde, Henry Cleaver of Wakatipu and Jeri­coh Te Huna of Cromwell have been se­lected for the South Is­land un­der-65kg team.

Clyde-Earn­scle­ugh coach Dun­can Ran­dall (Zach’s fa­ther) said the boys’ se­lec­tion was a huge achieve­ment.

The an­nounce­ment came fol­low­ing fi­nals at the South Is­land tour­na­ment on Septem­ber 27.

‘‘I think they were picked be­cause these guys are spe­cial­ists in their po­si­tions. Henry is a loose­head prop, Jeri­coh is a lock and Zach is a full­back. It is a huge achieve­ment and a recog­ni­tion of their level of rugby. It is pretty rare for this re­gion to have three rep­re­sent­ing the South Is­land. You might get one or two ev­ery cou­ple of years. Four were se­lected from Otago for the team and three were from Cen­tral Otago.’’

The boys were se­lected from a pool of about 200 rep­re­sen­ta­tive players, he said.

‘‘The boys are still fizzing. They are quite hum­ble. They are all re­ally classy players but not cocky. They work hard, are fit and ded­i­cated. Ev­ery Sun­day dur­ing the sea­son they were driven to Dunedin for five-hour prac­tises, at­tended train­ing camps and even went to other schools.’’

The boys were off to high school next year.

Tal­ented rugby players: Zach Ran­dall of Clyde, Henry Cleaver of Wakatipu and Jeri­coh Te Huna of Cromwell.

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