The Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union (HKRFU) would like to extend our congratulations to Scott Anderson, Jesse Halls and Trent Reti who have been named in the New Zealand Under 19 Heartland Team.
“The Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union are extremely proud of Scott, Jesse and Trent. Scott and Trent are currently part of the Heartland Championship squad and Jesse is a member of our High Performance Unit,” said CEO Corey Kennett. “This is a fantastic achievement and one that all three boys along with our rugby community should be proud of.”
The New Zealand Under 19 Heartland Team will be part of the inaugural National Under 19 Championship which is taking place at Owen Delany Park in Taupo from Sunday 28 September to Saturday 4 October.
The tournament comprises 16 seeded teams, one from each of the ITM Cup Provincial Unions, a second team from Auckland Rugby along with the New Zealand Under 19 Heartland Team. The New Zealand Under 19 Heartland Team comprises of players representing the 14 Pink Batts Heartland Championship Unions.
Teams will compete across two divisions in the tournament. Teams in the top division will be competing for the tournament cup named after former All Blacks captain and recently retired NZR director Graham Mourie. The winner of the second division will be awarded the Michael Jones Trophy, named after the legendary All Blacks flanker and recent inductee into the IRB Hall of Fame. The player of the tournament will be awarded the DJ Graham Award, which has been named after former All Black Sir John Graham.
The tournament will have three playing days, and on non-game days, these boys will be part of development programmes.
A selection of matches across each tournament day will also be screened live on Sky Sports 1 and 2.