Tambour selected for NZ Heartland Squad

Tambour selected for NZ Heartland Squad

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Congratulations to Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland Fullback Michael Tambour who has been selected for the 2013 New Zealand Heartland Team. Media release below

 

Heartland XV squad selected for two-match series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand Heartland XV Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin (King Country) and assistant coach Gerard Scott (South Canterbury) supported by selector Earl Kirton have named their 24-man squad for matches against New Zealand Defence Force in Methven on Tuesday 5 November and New Zealand Marist in Timaru on Saturday 9 November.

The squad features a good cross section of players from across the Pink Batts Heartland Championship with representatives from nine sides including three players from Meads Cup Finalists North Otago and 4 players from hosts Mid Canterbury. The squad feature ten debutants in the Heartland XV black jersey.

New Zealand Rugby Chairman Mike Eagle said those selected would wear the Heartland XV jersey with pride and do their best to represent Heartland Rugby and their Union well.

“For many players, pulling on the coveted Heartland XV black jersey is a huge achievement in their rugby careers and a truly special experience.

“Traditionally, matches against New Zealand Defence and New Zealand Marist sides have been very competitive, providing a great showcase for some of the most impressive players of the Pink Batts Heartland Championship.”

Head Coach Kurt McQuilkin said said the competitiveness of the Pink Batts Championship this year, with some players moving up to ITM Cup,ensured there were a number of players across all the sides vying for contention

“We’re confident we’ve got great depth at all positions with a good blend of experience and youth in the squad.

“The competition for places in a number of positions was very tight, such as lock and loosies, with a number of home-grown players exceling this year. We’ve also got some exciting talent coming in on the wing and at full back who have made the squad for the first time.

“With seven players taking to the field this weekend in the Mead Cup and another five in the Lochore Cup, we know we have some great talent in our national squad.”

The team assembles in Timaru on Friday 1 November.

 

 

 

 

 


New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 programme
NZ Heartland XV v NZ Defence Force, Methven, 5 November, 2.30pm
NZ Heartland XV v NZ Marist, Timaru, Saturday 9 November, kick-off 2.30pm

Pink Batts Heartland Championship
Meads Cup Final – Mid Canterbury v North Otago, Ashburton, 26 October, 1.35pm
Lochore Cup Final – South Canterbury v Buller, Timaru, 27 October, 2.35pm

New Zealand Heartland XV 2013 Squad

Forwards

Matt Fetu

South Canterbury

Shaun McDonough

Wanganui

Ralph Darling

North Otago

Troy Tauwhare

West Coast

Nathan Tubb

South Canterbury

Nick Cranston

Wanganui

Eric Duff

North Otago

Lachie McFadzean

Wairarapa Bush

Lee Nelmes

Buller

Jon Dampney

Mid Canterbury

Peter Rowe

Wanganui

Lasa Ulukuta

Wanganui

Riki Waitoa

East Coast

Backs

William McKenzie

Mid Canterbury

Andrew Stephens

Buller

Tim Priest

West Coast

Glen Walters

Wairarapa Bush

Fa’aitu Tuamoheloa

South Canterbury

Tau Moeke

East Coast

Lemi Masoe

North Otago

Dwayne Burrows

Mid Canterbury

Whaimotu Craft-Chemis

East Coast

Chris Talanoa

North Otago

Mike Tambour

Horowhenua-Kapiti