Following trials on the weekend, the New Zealand Resident 18s have been named to take on the TOA Samoa U18s on 6 October at Pulman Park.

The 18-strong team includes two players from last year’s New Zealand 18s team who took on the Australian Schoolboys, Tyler Slade and Paul Turner, who have also been named in the 2018 Junior Kiwis wider squad for the Trans-Tasman Triple-Header on 13 October. Emmanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard and Kayal Iro are also eligible again having played in the NZ Select 18s side which took on the Australian Schoolboys too.

Many of the players have progressed through the New Zealand Rugby League age-group pathways with Christian Tuipulotu having captained the New Zealand 16s team to victory against the New Zealand Maori 17s last year, alongside his vice-captain Temple Kalepo and teammate Caleb Pese.

Brooklyn Herewini’s naming in the 2018 New Zealand Resident 18s side serves as a reward for his fantastic National Talent Development Programme campaign being named as MVP in March this year.  He also represented Manukura School earlier this month staging outstanding performances at the National Secondary Schools Tournament.

New Zealand Resident 18s v TOA Samoa U18s 

Saturday 6 October, 12pm kick off

Pulman Park, Auckland

Number 1 field

Live streamed through NZRL Facebook page

NameAmateur Club*Zone*
Aiden AueMt. AlbertAkarana
Antonio AufaiOtahuhuCounties
Antonio PouaOtahuhuCounties
Brooklyn HerewiniWhanganui BoxonMid Central
Caleb PeseRichmondAkarana
Christian TuipulotuOtahuhuCounties
Deighton IerikoRichmondAkarana
Emmanuel Tuimavave GerrardMt. AlbertAkarana
Junior PuaHowick HornetsCounties
Kayal IroMt. AlbertAkarana
Patrick EliaPt. ChevSouth Island
Paul TurnerMt. AlbertNorthland
Potusa FuilalaOtahuhuCounties
Semisi TapaOtahuhuCounties
Temple KalepoRichmond BulldogsAkarana
Tevita MikaeleOtahuhuCounties
Tukimihia SimpkinsPikiaoUpper Central
Tyler SladeEllerslieAkarana

*Recorded as last represented Club / Zone

Head Coach:Tusa Lafaele
Assistant Coaches:Cody Walker
 Daniel McEwan
Manager:Tania Harris
Lead Trainer:Jasen McCarthy
Assistant Trainer:Lee Paru
Physio:Allan Horn
New Zealand 18s captain Dylan Tavita passes the ball during a match against the Australian Schoolboys.
New Zealand 18s v Australian Schoolboys, NZRL, The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 30 September 2017. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon /
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