Six school­boys in sev­ens squad

South Canterbury Herald - - SPORT - STU PIDDINGTON

School­boys and two play­ers new to South Canterbury are the fea­ture of the re­gion’s sev­ens rugby train­ing squad.

New co-coaches Nathan Robin­son and Josateki Veikune have named five play­ers from Ti­maru Boys’ High Schools First XV and one from Ron­calli Col­lege in their 23-strong wider train­ing squad in the buildup to the South Is­land re­gional tour­na­ment in Ti­maru.

Two for­mer North­land sev­ens play­ers, Ben Ulu­vula and Kadin Te Nana, have also been named, along with Marc Rooney, as the loan play­ers. Te Nana is the son of for­mer NZ Sev­ens star Karl Te Nana.

Ulu­vula will play for Wai­mate in 2018 while Te Nana has joined up with Geral­dine

Otago-based Rooney is one of four sur­vivors from last year’s South Canterbury side, along with the Fi­jian trio of Sireli Buliru­arua, Waisale Leiroti and Leone Nawalu.

TBHS have sup­plied hooker Melvin Pauni, sec­ond five Brad Cv­tanich, loose for­ward Fin­lay Joyce and wings Hamish Dun­bar and Te­vita Eukil­iti, while Ron­calli full­back Rhys Broughton has also made the first cut.

For­mer head coach Peni Latu has been named as the as­sis­tant and will step in for Robin­son if they qual­ify for the na­tion­als, as he has prior work com­mit­ments.

South Canterbury will play one lead-in tour­na­ment in Oa­maru on Novem­ber 25 be­fore cut­ting the squad to 12 for the re­gional tour­na­ment on De­cem­ber 9.

Three out­side backs from the Heart­land side have kept their long sea­sons go­ing, with wings Kalavini Leati­gaga and Buliru­arua, as well as cen­tre Sete­fano Sauqaqa, in­cluded.

Last year’s stand­out play­maker Vatili Tora’s visa con­di­tions meant he has had to re­turn to Fiji.

Melvin Pauni, Brad Cv­tanich, Fin­lay Joyce, Hamish Dun­bar, Te­vita Eukil­iti (TBHS), Rhya Broughton (Ron­calli), Semisi Paseka, Taleni Tiai, Kalavini Leati­gaga (Temuka), Leone Nawalu, Sireli Buliru­arua (Har­lequins), An­drew Gooden, Ravi Araujo, Waisale Leiroti (Geral­dine), Joeli Ko­to­bavalu (Wai­mate), Thomas Mul­li­gan, Sete­fano Sauqaqa, Iosefo Senibua (Macken­zie), Ben Ulu­vula, Kadin Te Nana, Marc Rooney (loan play­ers), Ju­ran Moore (Old Boys), Don­ald Farmer (Pleas­ant Point).

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