NZ Residents 16s and 18s Squads Announced

NZ Residents 16s and 18s Squads Announced
Following a very successful residential camp and trial matches held in Rotorua in late July, the train on squads for the NZ Residents 16s and 18s have been named. Three spaces have been left open to give the coaches the option of including any in-form players from the National Competition and the Secondary Schools Tournament they wish to add. The initial squads will eventually be cut to 18 players who will go into camp to play matches against Queensland Academy 16s and Australian Schoolboys later in the year.

Coach of the 16s team, Jeff Whittaker said "We'll be getting out with NZRL and Development staff to have a look at as many players as possible in the Secondary Schools and National Competition to fill the final three places. We really want to make sure that every kid is seen and if anyone is outstanding in these competitions then they still have a chance to make the squad."
Whittaker says some very good players will miss out with the quality and depth now available to the selectors. He says the camps and the National Competition are really helping to build the stocks of quality players and with them spending time with Ruben Wiki and Tony Kemp at the camps it's only going to see the standard rising over the next 12 - 18 months.
With all seven NZRL Zones having players in one or both squads, NZRL Football Manager Tony Kemp says the National Competition and the camps have achieved what they hoped. "Some of these players will have attended two Hearts camps and the recent National Elite camp as well as playing club and rep football. This has given us the chance to work with them on their training programmes, their nutrition and goal setting as well as talking to them about the player pathways and NZRL values. All this builds better people and better players."
Counties Manukau Zone General Manager Kasey King said "I am so proud of the boys. The camps and the National Competition have shown the players that they can make it if they follow the pathway; it's very exciting for them.  I think its fantastic seeing the inclusion of players from less populated areas as well. I'm really happy for all the players who've made it and I can't wait to see them all in action."

2011 NZ Residents 16s Squad
Coach: Jeff Whittaker
Manager: Anita Smith-Mckinnon
Trainer: Jasen McCarthy

Players Name - NZRL Zone
Darren Kingi - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Ezra Togia - Wellington Orcas
Jared McIlwrick - South Island Scorpions
Jiordan Fidow-Kele - South Island Scorpions
Joshua Ioane -  Pride
Joshua Minhinnick -  Pride
Jules Webley -  Island Scorpions
Kadince Christensen -  Swords
Kenneth Lafaele - Auckland Pride
Lafu Feagaiga - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Nelson Asofa-Soomona - Wellington Orcas
Paul Faga -  Vipers
Peter-James Los'e -  Vipers
Pita Dillen - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Reubenn Rennie -  Manukau Stingrays
Rhys Poingdestre -  Vipers
Semisi Tyrell -  Manukau Stingrays
Tauturu Hapuku - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Tony Tumusa - Auckland Pride
Tuimoala Lolohea - Auckland Pride
Tulsa Saumamao -  Pride
Watson Heleta -  Manukau Stingrays

2011 NZ Residents 18s Squad
Coach: Ricky Henry
Manager: Melanie Rutene
Trainer: Nick Webb

Players Name - Zone
Allen Mulia - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Axl Kingi - Waicoa Bays
David Bhana - Auckland Pride
David Fusitu'a -  Pride
Eko Malu - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Honeti Tuha - Counties Manukau Stingrays
James Taylor -  Pride
Jaylen Tupaea - Waicoa Bays
Kouma Samson -  Pride
Kurt Robinson - Wellington Orcas
Makahesi Makatoa - Central Vipers
Michael Sio - Auckland Pride
Ngani Laumape - Central Vipers
Samuel Lisone -  Manukau Stingrays
Siliva Havili -  Manukau Stingrays
Sione Feao - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Tama Koopu - Waicoa Bays
Thoren Fidow-Kele - South Island Scorpions
Trent Bishop -  Manukau Stingrays
Turanga Shelford-Morrell - Northern Swords
Viliami Lolohea - Counties Manukau Stingrays
Visesio Setefano - Counties Manukau Stingrays