Auckland head coach Rusty Matua has named his side to face the New Zealand Maori Residents on June 4.
“I’m really happy with the team we’ve selected,” Matua said.
“We’re eight weeks into the Auckland competition and we’ve been able to get a close look at the boys.
“It’s our first choice team and we’re excited to see the potential of this squad.”
The NZ Maori Residents team will be coached by Neville Rogers and will feature plenty of familiar faces with 13 of their players currently playing in Auckland’s Fox Memorial Premiership competition.
The Auckland Premier team will play the New Zealand Maori Residents at Hicks Park, Hawera on Saturday June 4, 7pm kick-off.
Auckland team to play New Zealand Maori Residents
IN POSITIONAL ORDER: 1. Siua Otunuku (Pt Chevalier), 2. Saula Solomona (Pt Chevalier), 3. Lokeni Gavet (Marist), 4. David Dyer (Richmond), 5. Alan Niulevu (Papakura), 6. Simon Ieremia (Marist), 7. William Stowers (Papakura), 8. Edward Purcell (Mt Albert), 9. Semisi Ma’u (Marist), 10. Soape Kavaliku (Point Chevalier), 11. King Vuniyayawa (Papakura, 12. Andrew Kake (Richmond), 13. Arden McCarthy (Point Chevalier), 14. Raymond Talimalie (Mangere East), 15. Tulson Caird (Glenora), 16. Siliga Kepaoa (Point Chevalier), 17. Leon Latoa (Richmond), 18. James Dowie (Papakura)
New Zealand Maori Residents team to play Auckland
FROM: Jonathan Carl (Pt Chevalier, Auckland), Taylor Daniels (Pt Chevalier, Auckland), George Edwards (Papakura, Auckland), Jethro Friend (Howick, Auckland), Shane Hannam (Glenora, Auckland), Garry-John Hape, Carlos Hotene (Howick, Auckland), Dylan Moses (Pt Chevalier, Auckland), Manaia Osbourne, Jeremiah Pai (Pt Chevalier, Auckland), Te Ariki Peneha, Cruze Rauner, Kouma Samson (Carcassonne, France), Dion Snell (Mt Albert, Auckland), Tony Tuia (Howick, Auckland), Matti Tuitama (Pt Chevalier, Auckland), Trent Wallace (Mt Albert, Auckland), Manu Weepu (Mt Albert, Auckland)
(Photo: Erica Sinclair).