Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup side named for their Ranfurly Shield defence against Taranaki. 


 Ka auraki anō a Richie Mo'unga rātau ko Mitchell Drummond, ko Ollie Jager, ko Tom Christie ki te aroākapa o Waitaha hei te Pōhoroi mō te tukinga Hīra Ranfurly ki a Taranaki i Ōtautahi. 

Richie Mo'unga, Mitchell Drummond, Ollie Jager and Tom Christie return to Canterbury’s starting line-up for Saturday night’s Ranfurly Shield defence against Taranaki in Christchurch. 

I piki a Mo'unga rāua ko Drummond ki te papatākaro i te haurua tuarua i tō Waitaha toahanga 43-29 ki a Te Rakipaewhenua i Ōtehā. Ko te tukinga hei te Pōhoroi nei te tākaro tuatahi a Christie rāua ko Jager mō te tau 2020.  

Mo'unga and Drummond both came on in the second half in Canterbury’s 43-29 win over North Harbour in Albany, while Saturday’s game will be Christie and Jager’s first in Canterbury colours for 2020. 

"Ko te tukinga nei he aurakitanga mō te nuinga o ngā kaitākaro nei. Kua kotahi atu anō te wiki ki a rātau e pai ai tā rātau ako i ngā pūnaha, ā, he tukinga Hīra! Nō reira, ka mate ururoa mātau," te ki a Kaiako Reuben Thorne.  

"We’ve been targeting this game as a return for a lot of these guys. They’ve had an extra week to get familiar with a few new systems and it’s a Shield Game! So, we’re going to throw everything at it," said Coach Reuben Thorne. 

Ko Isaiah Punivai hoki ka whakawhiwhia ki te poraka 13 i muri i tana toa i te tohu mō te kaitākaro toki o te tākaro i Ōtehā, ka rīwhi ia i a Dallas McLeod nā te wharanga ki tōna matiwaewae.  

Isaiah Punivai, has also been rewarded with a start in the number 13 jersey following his Man of the Match performance in Albany, replacing Dallas McLeod who is unavailable due to a toe injury. 

"I tino mīharo mātau i a Isaiah i te Rāmere, i piki whakahihiko ia ki te papatākaro, nō reira ka tika me whai wā atu anō ia," te tāpiri a Thorne.  

"We were really impressed with Isaiah on Friday, he came on and performed extremely well, so deservedly gets another opportunity," Thorne added. 

Ko te poumua taiohi, ko Fletcher Newell rātau ko Shilo Klien, ko Daniel Lienert Brown ka tīmata i te pae o mua, ka turukitia rātau e Mitchell Dunshea rāua ko Billy Harmon. 

Young prop Fletcher Newell, Shilo Klien and Daniel Lienert Brown will provide front row cover, with further impact to come from Mitchell Dunshea and Billy Harmon. 

Ko te kaitākaro takiwhitu o Aotearoa, ko Andrew Newstubb ka tīmata i tana tākaro Mitre 10 Cup tuatahi, ko ia ka whakahaumaru i te muringa o te papa, ā, ko Ereatara Enari rāua ko Brett Cameron ka komo i ngā poraka 20, 21 hoki.  

New Zealand Sevens rep Andrew Knewstubb is set to earn his first start in the Mitre 10 Cup, providing cover for the outside back while Ereatata Enari and Brett Cameron will wear 20 and 21 respectively. 

"He wāhi nui tō te Hīra Ranfurly i te hītori whutupōro i Aotearoa, me Waitaha, ā, ki a mātau kāore i kō atu i te pupuri tonu. Kei te pērā hoki ngā piropiro o ngā kaitākaro, ā, e ihiihi ana rātau," te kī a Thorne. 

"The Ranfurly Shield is a really special part of rugby history here in New Zealand and in Canterbury, and we want nothing more than to continue to hold onto it. The players feel that sense of occasion and are really excited about the opportunity," said Thorne. 

Hei tāpiri atu ki te kaupapa whakahirahira ko te whakatau a te kapa Farah Palmer Cup o Waitaha i te taonga JJ Stewart ki runga i te rārangi ki ngā kiritata o Otākau. 

Adding to the occasion is the fact that the Canterbury Farah Palmer Cup side will put the JJ Stewart Trophy on the line against southern neighbours Otago earlier in the day.   

Nā ngā here o Covid-19 kua tino iti iho te hunga mātaki e āhei ana. 11 ngā mirumiru 100 tāngata, he kaitākaro, he kaitautoko, he kaipāpāho, he mema hoki ka whai wāhi atu ki ngā tukinga ka tū ki taiwhanga o Orangetheory.

Due to Covid19 level two restrictions the game will be played with significantly reduced crowd numbers. Eleven bubbles of 100, consisting of players, sponsors, media and broadcast, and members will all get the opportunity to attend the matches at Orangetheory Stadium.  

 

Tahi,                         Joe Moody 

Rua,                         Codie Taylor 

Toru,                        Ollie Jager 

Whā,                        Sam Whitelock 

Rima,                       Luke Romano 

Ono,                         Reed Princep (C)

Whitu,                       Tom Christie

Waru,                       Cullen Grace 

Iwa,                          Mitchell Drummond 

Tekau,                      Richie Mounga 

Tekau mā Tahi,        George Bridge 

Tekau mā Rua,         Rameka Poihipi 

Tekau mā Toru,         Isaiah Punivai 

Tekau mā Whā,        Manasa Mataele 

Tekau mā Rima,       Josh McKay 

Tekau mā Ono,         Shilo Klien 

Tekau mā Whitu,       Daniel Lienert-Brown 

Tekau mā Waru,        Fletcher Newell 

Tekau mā Iwa,           Mitchell Dunshea 

Rua Tekau,                Billy Harmon 

Rua Tekau mā Tahi,   Ereatara Enari 

Rua Tekau mā Rua,   Brett Cameron 

Rua Tekau mā Toru    Andrew Knewstubb 

 

Kick off is 16:35 on Saturday September 19 on Sky Sport 1 


Article added: Friday 18 September 2020

 

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