Internationals Festival of Indigenous Rugby League 2018

Discussion in 'Intl/Rep Football' started by mt.wellington, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. mt.wellington
    Jun 21, 2012

    mt.wellington Warriors Orange Peeler Contributor

    First Nations coach Daley names squad
    Author Alicia Newton
    Fri 15 Dec 2017, 05:36 PM
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    First Nations Goannas coach Laure Daley.©NRL Photos

    First Nations Goannas coach Laurie Daley has named a 20-man squad for the upcoming Festival of Indigenous Rugby League clash against New Zealand Maori in February at Redfern Oval.

    The fixture will mark the first coaching role Daley will undertake since he was sacked as NSW Blues coach in August, with the week-long celebrations to replace the annual All Stars fixture leading into the 2018 Telstra Premiership season.

    The three-game event will feature both men and women's Maori teams for the first time, while the Newcastle Yowies (NSW) will play Queensland's Dhadin Geai Warriors in an interstate challenge clash before the main game.

    Daley said the fixture would provide on-the-cusp Indigenous players the opportunity to impress on a larger stage.

    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs centre Brenko Lee was a graduate from the inaugural clash at McDonald Jones Stadium in 2014.

    The men's Maori squad, coached by former Kiwis representative Mark Horo, features NRL experience in former South Sydney forward Anthony Cherrington and ex-Wests Tigers fullback Kurtis Rowe.

    The Indigenous female squad will feature seven players from the victorious side that beat the Women's All Stars 14-4 in February.

    Popular Indigenous All Stars elements will also form part of the Festival in the week-long celebrations, including the youth summit, a wellbeing and employment expo and NRL Indigenous players camp.

    "Rugby League's indigenous ties are extensive throughout the game, with 12% of the NRL playing group identifying as Indigenous and more than 17% of grassroots players hailing from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds," NRL General Manager of Indigenous Strategy Mark Deweerd said.

    "The Festival provides an opportunity for communities to acknowledge and celebrate the next generation of Indigenous and Maori players outside of the NRL that are coming through the ranks.

    "It will be a wonderful occasion as the teams run onto Redfern Oval next year – a site that has been a spiritual home for many Indigenous people over many years."

    Squads for the men's and women's Indigenous and Maori teams are as follows (with all teams named in surname alphabetical order):

    First Nations Goannas: Isaac Briggs, Randall Briggs, Josh Charles, Brenton Cochrane, Wes Conlon, Adrian Davis, Greg Davis, Bennett Leslie, Tristan Lumley, Will Merritt, Zac Merritt, Wes Middleton, Maipele Morseu, Michael Purcell, Trent Rose, Dan Tanner, Justin Toomey-White, Noel Underwood, Kieran Vale, Ryan Walker. Coach: Laurie Daley.

    First Nation Gems: Layla Fauid, Sarah Field, Eunice Grimes, Tahlia Hunter, Rikka Lane, Samartha Leisha, Kazzia Lemmon, Tanika Marshall, Kiara Maza, Sharon McGrady, Stephanie Mooka, Kaitlin Moss, Carly Phillips, Amber Pilley, Paris Robinson, Taleena Simon, Ash Singleton, Rihanna Sutherland, Shakia Tungai, Shaylin Williams. Coach: Ben Jeffries.

    New Zealand Maori: Anthony Cherrington, Brad Clark, Zach Clay, Levi Dodd, Carne Doyle Manga, Patrick Herbert, Jake Jackson, Paoro Kemp, Jesse Malcom, Rulon Nutira, Piki Rogers, Kurtis Rowe, Manaia Rudolph, Dylan Smith, Reuben Taylor, Spike Teo, O’Shea Tuisua, Aussie Tuwhangai, Waka Wanahi, Clayton Williams, Parahi Wilson. Coach: Mark Horo.

    New Zealand Maori Ferns: Billy-Jean Ale, Jess Bennett, Aleasha Brider, Sherri Burgess, Teina Clark, Jocephy Daniels, Te Aroha Hapuku, Chanel Hundleson, Kerehitina Matua, Terehia Matua, Tanika-Jazz Noble, Lisa Rua, Jonsal Tautari, Karley Te Kawa, Kadison-Tyra Robertson, Liahona Wanoa, Geneva Webber, Kararaina Wira-Kohu, Sharnita Woodman, Suzanne Yee. Coach: Victor Heke.

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  2. Weno
    Nov 3, 2012

    Weno 1st Grade Fringe

    Remember Kararaina Wira Kohu when she was a kid.
    Was associated with there whanau through touch.
    Kid was a child hood star , used to make the boys look ordinary.
    Raurimu Massive should know them.
    Lived off Raurimu Ave.
  3. AlexM
    Feb 19, 2017

    AlexM 1st Grade Fringe

    Love that guys name. Aussie.
  4. bruce
    Sep 1, 2015

    bruce Warriors 1st Grader Contributor

    I see the importance of the indigenous thing to Aborigines because they have been so oppressed (in comparison to Polynesians). I cannot see it being much use to the growth of the international game.
  5. davewjnz
    Mar 10, 2013

    davewjnz 1st Grade Fringe

    From a Maori perspective however, any exposure is good exposure.
    If it succeeds in providing 1 contract then it provides Maori a unique pathway into the NRL
    It just takes one good game to be noticed
    Who knows, this tournament could expose the next Benji
    It's life span will depend on these success stories
    The Aussie indigenous teams will be thinking the same I would say.
  6. Centurion
    Oct 14, 2015

    Centurion 1st Grade Fringe

    It actually might help to grow the game from an indigenous perspective within Australia and is a far more inclusive sport when compared to Aussie rules.

    Can only be a good thing.
  7. matiunz
    Jul 15, 2013

    matiunz Assistant Ballboy Contributor

    Strange thing calling an indigenous only competition a path to being inclusive...
    Not saying it’s a bad thing from a community point of view but as an NZ parallel there doesn’t seem to be a problem getting indigenous and PI players, in fact it’s pretty much the opposite
  8. brightman
    May 18, 2012

    brightman 1st Grade Fringe

    League is on, go Maori!

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