Kingi scores U18 se­lec­tion

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Kingi Herewini is a name rugby fans would do well to re­mem­ber.

At 16, the Rod­ney Col­lege stu­dent is punch­ing well above his age on the rugby field.

Per­haps that’s why, to his friends, he’s known as King.

His re­cent se­lec­tion into the Te Hiku o te Ika Maori Rugby U18 Team is the big­gest score of his fledg­ling ca­reer.

One of only two play­ers se­lected from North­land, Kingi will join the ranks of 27 other play­ers se­lected from the en­tire Blues and Chiefs fran­chise ar­eas.

This in­cludes North Har­bour, Auck­land, Coun­ties, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Thames Val­ley and King Coun­try.

‘‘It’s pretty much all I do re­ally - school and rugby,’’ Kingi said.

Play­ing rugby since he was 14, the Whangaripo Val­ley res­i­dent has tried his hand at ‘‘any­thing that’s not net­ball or soc­cer’’, play­ing touch, league, sevens, bas­ket­ball and cricket for the school.

Kingi played his first match for the Te Hiku o te Ika Maori side in Hamilton last week, as­sist­ing his team to a 27-0 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing All Star Rat­tlesnakes from Texas.

His short term goal is to be se­lected for the Blues U19 side at the end of this year, but would love to play with the All Blacks.

His big­gest influences are Voda­fone War­rior Shaun John­son and All Black Rieko Ioane.

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