BY PETER JONES [Marlborough App]
A Tasman Mako High-Performance rugby squad has been chosen to prepare for Mitre 10 Cup pre-season matches against Manawatu and Wellington.
The Manawatu game is scheduled for 11.30am on Friday, August 3, in Porirua, while the Wellington game will be played at the Renwick Domain on Thursday August 9, kick off 2pm.
The HP squad is:
Forwards - Ryan Coxon (Wanderers), Sosefo Vaka (Nelson), Kershawl Sykes-Markin (Nelson), Ray Niuia (Waitohi), Jesse MacDonald (Central), Sam Moli (Marist), Blair Prinsep (Stoke), Isaac Salmon (Nelson), Quinn Harrison-Jones (Renwick), Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta (Stoke), Caleb Havili (Marist), Michael Curry (Moutere), Julius Tagafau (Marist), Braden Stewart (Central), Jacob Norris (Marist), Jed Brown, Vernon Fredericks (Moutere).
Backs - Ben Finau (Moutere), Jack Grooby (Waimea Old Boys), Nemia Kenatale (East Coast), Tim O'Malley (Waitohi), William Havili (Nelson), Leicester Faingaanuku (Nelson), James Hawkey (Marist), Nick Foxley (Nelson), Levi Aumua (Renwick), Tima Faingaanuku (Nelson), Tomas Aoake (Stoke), Jamie Spowart (Marist), Fetuli Paea (Waitohi).
Unavailable due to injury were Rupena Parkinson and Anty Burnett.
The 2018 Tasman Mako Mitre 10 Cup squad will be officially announced on August 10.
Tasman's Mitre 10 Cup campaign begins with a premiership final rematch against Canterbury at Lansdowne Park on August 17.