New Zealand Residents team named

New Zealand Residents coach Phil Prescott has included a number of Junior Kiwis and 2 members of the NZ Warriors squad in his Residents team. The team is to play 2 games in Australia, NSW Country in Wollongong on October 1 and a Jim Beam selection side as the curtain-raiser to the first Tri-Nations test between the Kiwis and Kangaroos.

A very strong team, which includes Junior Kiwi stars and Warriors development players Patrick Ah Van, Sonny Fa'i, Sam Rapira, George Tuakura and Misi Taulapapa.

New Zealand Residents: Patrick Ah Van (Mt Albert), Peter Asi (Canterbury), Gavin Bailey (Counties Manukau), Shane Beyers (Canterbury), Steve Buckingham (Mt Albert), Joshua Davis (Wellington), Sonny Fa'i (Counties Manukau), Paul Fisi'iahi (Mt Albert), Epalahame Lauaki (Glenora), Corey Lawrie (Canterbury), Chris Newton (Canterbury), Taylor Pelenise (Canterbury), Sam Rapira (Waicoa Bay), Phil Shead (Mt Albert), Misi Taulapapa (Marist Richmond), George Tuakura (Otahuhu), Evarn Tuimavave (Marist Richmond).