Josh McKay picked up by High­landers for 2018


It has been a big week for for­mer Ka­iapoi Rugby Club ju­nior Josh McKay.

He won a National Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship with Can­ter­bury and then he was named in the High­landers squad for the 2018 Su­per Rugby sea­son. New High­landers coach Aaron Mauger named his squad of 38 play­ers for 2018 which in­cludes eight new play­ers – in­clud­ing McKay.

The se­lec­tion caps a stellar sea­son for McKay. He was a World Cup win­ner with the New Zealand U20s in June and picked up a Christchurch Metro Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle with Lin­coln Univer­sity, scor­ing a try in the 25-19 win over Univer­sity. He then made his Can­ter­bury de­but in a suc­cess­ful Ran­furly Shield de­fense against Mid Can­ter­bury, scor­ing a try off the bench in the 69-7 rout in Ash­bur­ton.

McKay, who played first-five eighth at Christchurch Boys’, then be­came a reg­u­lar fea­ture on the wing for Can­ter­bury, start­ing as Can­ter­bury recorded their third con­sec­u­tive national pro­vin­cial ti­tle with a 35-13 win against Tas­man on Satur­day.

Mean­while, at the Cru­saders an­other for­mer Ka­iapoi ju­nior, Matt Todd, should bring up 100 caps for the side next year. The Hu­runui Club had a player named with hooker Ben Fun­nell, who played a hand­ful of games for the side this sea­son, as did Wood­end with Wy­att Crock­ett.

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