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Fresh faces in Canterbury squad for first Ranfurly Shield defences

Club Rugby | 10 May 2017 | Club Rugby

Fresh faces in Canterbury squad for first Ranfurly Shield defences

A 31-man squad has been selected for Canterbury's upcoming Ranfurly Shield defences against Wanganui and Mid Canterbury.

Canterbury’s first challenge will be from Meads Cup winners Wanganui, on 21 June, with kick off scheduled for 7:35pm at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Should Canterbury retain the Ranfurly Shield against Wanganui, Mid Canterbury will then challenge on 4 August, with that match set for a 2:30pm kick off from Ashburton Domain.

“We have named an exciting squad to kick off our 2017 season, with a mixture of returning talent and 19 players in the side who are yet to make their first-class Canterbury debut, " said new Head Coach Glenn Delaney

These players have impressed the coaching group for their respective clubs this season and we look forward to giving them the opportunity to wear the red and black jersey.

“The history of the Ranfurly Shield provides a lot of motivation for our group and we know that both Wanganui and Mid Canterbury will be tough opponents leading in to our Mitre 10 Cup campaign”, Delaney said.

The squad is:

Alifeleti Kaitu’u
New Brighton

Amanaki Nicole
Sydenham

Anty Burnett
Lincoln University

Billy Harmon
New Brighton

Brad Hemopo
University

Brett Cameron
Lincoln University

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Caleb Makene
Lincoln University

Chris Gawler
Lincoln University

Dylan Nel
Sumner

Finn Hart-Strawbridge
Lincoln University

Hamish Dalzell
Lincoln University

Kaveinga Finau
Christchurch

Jack Powell
Lincoln University

Jack Straker
Sydenham

Jack Stratton
Lincoln University

JJ Manning
Marist Albion

Joel Hintz
Lincoln University

Jonno Osbourne
Lincoln University

Marcel Cummings-Toone
New Brighton

Mark Maitland
Waihora

Marshall Suckling
Sumner

Ngane Punivai
Lincoln University

Nigel Gibb
University

Poasa Waqanibau
Sumner

Ray Nu’u
Sydenham

Sam Godwin
University

Samu Tawake
Sumner

Sean Paranihi
Linwood

Sireli Kacilala
Belfast

Steve Alfeld
Christchurch

Tom Crozier
Sumner

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