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[Updated] Four Hurricanes teams in action, club rugby pre-season begins this weekend

Update: The Crusaders A team beat the Hurricanes A team 47-14 at Rugby League Park on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders side led 19-0 at halftime. Full match/scoring highlights on our You Tube channel and photos on our Facebook page to come.


All four Hurricanes teams are playing this weekend, in Wellington, Taupo, Melbourne and Christchurch.

The action starts this afternoon at Rugby League Park, Newtown, with the Hurricanes and Crusaders A sides meeting. The match between the Hurricanes Hunters and Crusaders Knights kicks off at 2.30pm.

The Hurricanes men’s side are playing the Rebels in Melbourne tonight at 10.10pm NZT in the second round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Super Round Melbourne will feature all 12 Super Rugby Pacific teams competing in a 3-day, 6-match trans-Tasman rivalry.

The Hurricanes U20s are in action for the first time this year on Saturday afternoon in Taupo against their Chiefs Counterparts. Kick-off at Owen Delany Park to be confirmed. This is the first hit-out of the year for this side, that has been selected from the recent tri-series between the Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu academies. They then return home to play the Crusaders U20s next Saturday and then go to Taupo from 16-25 March for the Super Rugby U20s tournament.

The Hurricanes Poua women’s team is playing their second Super Rugby Aupiki fixture of 2023 in Christchurch against the Matatu at 4.35pm.

The first shoots of the 2023 club rugby pre-season are sprouted tomorrow with all clubs coming together as part of their preparations for the season-proper that kicks off on Saturday 1 April.

Their are four clubs involved in matches at Maidstone and Mary Crowther Parks.

At Maidstone, the Upper Hutt Rams and Wellington Axemen Colts and Premiers/Premier Reserve squads meet in two matches starting at midday.

At Mary Crowther, home club Wainuiomata play Hutt Old Boys Marist in a Premier/Premier Reserve fixture at 3.00pm.

Johnsonville are on the road to play the Feilding Yellows at Johnston Park.

Marist St Pat’s are in Sydney. They opened their account on Thursday night with a 29-10 victory over Sydney University.

MSP play Northern Suburbs and Manly in a game of three halves on Sunday in their second match.


Teams (as received/named):

Hurricanes Hunters:

1 Joseph Gavigan
2 Josh Southall
3 Pasilio Tosi
4 Dominic Bird
5 Josh Taula
6 Hunter Morrison
7 Cooper Flanders
8 Sione Halalilo
9 Jordi Viljoen
10 Brett Cameron
11 Solomone Naiduki
12 Matt Whaanga
13 Kyle Brown
14 Kini Naholo
15 Riley Hohepa

16 Joyner Gaualofa
17 Feleti Sae-Ta’ufo’ou
18 Siale Lauaki
19 Josh Gimblett
20 Johnny Galloway
21 Bryn Wilson
22 Kienan Higgins
23 Chicago Doyle

Crusaders A

1 Jack Sexton
2 James Mullan
3 Kershawl Sykes – Martin
4 Jamie Hannah
5 Tumama Tu’ulua
6 George Methven
7 Fletcher Anderson
8 Joe Brial
9 Willi Heinz
10 Taha Kemara
11 Melani Nani
12 Alex Harford ©
13 Wil Gualter
14 Blair Murray
15 Chay Fihaki

16 Quentin MacDonald
17 Tom Heywood
18 Adam Williamson
19 Caleb Aperahama
20 Andrew Hull
21 Louie Chapman
22 Kynan Stowers Smith
23 Taine Robinson


Hurricanes U20s:



1 Xavier Numia
2 Dane Coles
3 Tyrel Lomax
4 James Blackwell
5 Isaia Walker-Leawere
6 Brayden Iose
7 Du’Plessis Kirifi
8 Ardie Savea ©
9 Cameron Roigard
10 Aidan Morgan
11 Salesi Rayasi
12 Jordie Barrett
13 Billy Proctor
14 Julian Savea
15 Josh Moorby

16 Asafo Aumua
17 Tevita Mafileo
18 Owen Franks
19 Caleb Delany
20 Peter Lakai
21 Jamie Booth
22 Riley Higgins
23 Harry Godfrey

Unavailable for selection: Ruben Love, Bailyn Sullivan, Daniel Sinkinson, Tyler Laubscher, Reed Prinsep, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Dan Sinkinson, Justin Sangster, Brett Cameron, TJ Perenara, Jacob Devery, Devan Flanders.


Hurricanes Poua

1 Krystal Murray 
2 Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 
3 Cilia-Marie Po’e-Tofaeono 
4 Joanah Ngan-Woo 
5 Rachael Rakatau © 
6 Layla Sae 
7 Rhiarna Ferris 
8 Kaipo Olsen-Baker  
9 Iritana Hohaia 
10 Carys Dallinger 
11 Ayesha Leti-I’iga 
12 Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 
13 Shakira Baker 
14 Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly * 
15 Isabella Waterman 

16 Saphire Abraham  
17 Sosoli Talawadua 
18 Cristo Tofa 
19 Kahurangi Sturmey 
20 Maddie Feaunati * 
21 Milly Mackey 
22 Monica Tagoai 
23 Crystal Mayes 

*Denotes debut 

Unavailable for selection: Jackie Patea-Fereti, Aroha Savage 

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