All-star cast for national camp
All-star cast for national camp
World Cup-winning Kiwis skipper Nathan Cayless and NRL championship coach Des Hasler are among the star-studded guest-list expected at next week's 2014 NZRL National Performance Camp at Rotorua.
The four-day programme brings together the country's best teenage league talent, who will have their eyes set squarely on careers in the NRL.
Many, if not most, of these players will be scouted heavily by clubs from the Australian competition, who will be well represented at the camp.
Cayless (Kiwi #699) is the newest inductee into the Parramatta Eels Hall of Fame and continues his involvement with that organisation as a corporate sales manager.
The former prop is probably most famous for leading the NZ Kiwis to World Cup victory against Australia in 2008.
Hasler logged more than a decade and 255 games as a player with Manly Sea Eagles, helping them win two premierships, and played 12 tests for Australia.
But he has since continued that legacy as a coach, guiding the Sea Eagles to titles in 2008 and 2011, before moving to his current role with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Among the other big names lined up to inspire New Zealand's young talent are former Kiwis Daryl Halligan, Nigel Vagana, Tony Iro and Brent Stuart, while SKY TV presenter Stephen McIvor will provide an insight into media demands at the elite level.
Halligan (Kiwi #635), who also serves as SKY league commentator, played 20 tests for NZ and was known as the top goalkicker of his era. In 2000, he became the first NRL player to score 2000 points and revolutionised his craft by introducing the plastic kicking tee.
Vagana (Kiwi #672) turned out 37 times for New Zealand and had 260 NRL first grade appearances. He was the competition's leading tryscorer in 2002, and currently works as NRL education and welfare officer.
About 80 young players will gather on Sunday for on-field football skills development, as well as off-field career advice.
"We want this to make this a holistic experience for these young men," says NZRL game development manager Nadene Conlon.
"The things they learn over these few days, especially off the field, may help them achieve their dreams of NRL contracts and Kiwis test jerseys."
The camp will culminate in national trials for the Residents 16s and 18s sides, scheduled for Wednesday at Rotorua International Stadium.
Tarquinn Alatipi (Wellington), Josh Alioni (Southern), Tawhirimatea Boynton (Upper Central), Dylan Clarke (Upper Central), Ezekiel Cooper (Upper Central), Anthony Diaz (Counties Manukau), Taine Eason-Tipene (Akarana), Melino Fineanganofo (Akarana), Lorne Green (Upper Central), Boston Hakaroa (Akarana), Morgan Harper (Upper Central), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Akarana), Noaese Junior-Foaitua (Wellington), Kenese Kenese (Counties), Freedom Komene (Upper Central), Fa'atapu Lisati (Akarana), Rory Ferguson (Southern), Joshua Gray (Akarana), Soane Hufanga (Akarana), Kahil Johnston (Akarana), Steel Kake (Northland), Samiuela Lauhingoa (Counties Manukau), Tuteauru Maipi (Akarana), Junior Malau (Counties), Jerome Mamea (Akarana), Steven Marsters (Counties Manukau), Etene Nanai-Seturo (Akarana), Chaz Ngaha (Counties Manukau), Isaiah Papalii (Akarana), Javveir Pitovao (Akarana), Fruen Samoa (Wellington), Sebastian Rapana (Upper Central), Lewis Soosomea (Counties Manukau), Joseph Taipari (Southern), Ray Taumalolo (Counties Manukau), Enoch Tautolo (Wellington), Dylan Tavita (Akarana), Jonty Timoti (Akarana), Danny Toala (Mid Central), Emani Vaovasa (Wellington), Riley Williams (Akarana)
Caleb Aekins (Northland), Joseph Apikotoa (Wellington), Erin Clarke (Akarana), Arthur Crichton (Counties Manukau), Piri Croft (Northland), Luke Cummings (Wellington), Vaipouli Edmonds (Counties Manukau), Mose Esera (Akarana), Desmond Fa'afoa (Wellington), Enele Fidow (Mid Central), Ignatius Fiso (Wellington), Jaz Flavell (Upper Central), Daniel Fulop (Northland), Tumoana Halkyard (Northland), Shane Hannam (Akarana), Alfred Hunkin (Counties Manukau), Jamel Hunt (Counties Manukau), Zaylin Inu (Akarana), Zion Ioka (Akarana), Tamati Ioane-Niko (Counties Manukau), Taiapua Kapua (Upper Central), Fabien Kiri (Mid Central), Tony Matautia (Upper Central), Dre Melvin (Wellington), Marata Niukore (Counties Manukau), Jordan Pinnock (Southern), Rueben Porter (Akarana), Joseph Price (Counties Manukau), Satch Pryor (Mid Central), Connor Purcell (Akarana), David Saumolia (Wellington), Chris Sio (Akarana), Dean Smith (Akarana), Haimona Tierney (Northland), Richard Timoti (Akarana), Luke Tipene (Akarana), Ken Tofilau (Southern), Amoni Tufui (Akarana), Mao Uta (Akarana), Tiann Wilkins (Counties), Logan Yates (Counties Manukau)
Sunday, July 13
2.30pm Team photos
3pm Coaching session
3.15pm Player testing
7.40pm Presentations - nutrition (Nathan Stent), goalsetting & performance planning (Joe Harawira), media & personal brand (Stephen McIvor), coaches forum (Des Hasler)
Monday, July 14
9.40am Core skills (Hasler & national coaches) at Puketawhero Park
12.40pm Team training at Puketawhero Park
3pm Recovery/pool session
6.40pm Presentations - Careerwise (Joe Harawira), education pathways (Steve Roberts), Skills (Skills reps)
Tuesday, July 15
9am Goalkicking session (Daryl Halligan)
10.40am Specialised coaching
12.35pm Team training at Puketawhero Park
2.30pm Recovery/pool session
6.40pm Presentations - state of mind (Canberra Raiders), performance planning (Joe Harawira), leadership (Nathan Cayless)
Wednesday, July 16
10.30am 16s trial match kicks off at Rotorua International Stadium
12.20pm 18s trial match kicks off
2.35pm Post-match awards