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Basketball Nelson chief
executive Chris Varcoe
said Manuel, who has just
turned 17, was unlikely
to play for the Giants
this season, but he would
get the opportunity to
sit on the bench at home
Manuel began playing
basketball for a St
Patrick's Primary School
After that he
High School at the South
Island Secondary Schools
Tournament and wore
West Coast colours as an
under-13 and under-15
representative player. He
moved to Nelson about
three years ago.
Last year he played
at the under-17 level
for Tasman, where he
was joined by three
other West Coast
players --- Jared Hibbs,
Euan Barrow and Reid
Varcoe said Manuel had
well since moving to
"He didn't reach
his potential last year
following an injury, but
has been training hard
in the o -season to gain
selection to the extended
Giants training squad."
Friday, April 11, 2014
With French, Fijian and Welsh
players joining the Canadian, English
and Paci c Islanders already in the
various squads, the West Coast Rugby
Union's senior competition has a true
international avour about it as the
New Forrest Cup competition kicks
Grey Valley, under new player-coach
Tere Wycli e, will trek to Hari Hari
to take on a South Westland team
decimated by 16 o -season defections.
Grey Valley have lost the services
of powerful centre Kevin Moore but
Wycli e returns and the dependable
Tim Priest will run the ship from rst-
Gains include Teddy Ratsaralafy, a
No 8 from France, Fijian utility back
Samuel Junior, anker Sam King and
centre Jamie Havill.
Grey Valley has had two pre-season
games, beating Tuhirangi from the
South Wairarapa 32-30 at Ikamatua,
and drawing 26-26 with the same team
in a return match at Wairarapa.
South Westland defections include
Ryan Kennedy, Josh Hill, Sam
O'Malley and Brent McBride --- four
of the ve southerners selected for the
2013 West Coast squad. Key back,
Keiran Harris, is also missing this year.
South Westland has played one pre-
season game, beating Strath Tairi from
Otago 22-10, at Haast.
New coach Grant Mathieson said
he would be building the team around
captain Kip Nolan, Gareth Price, Mike
Riley, Matt Sanson, Nick Richards,
Nathan Blackburn, Cory Deans, Mark
Le-Lievre and brothers Rob and
Kiwi head into the opening game
against Blaketown, buoyed by pre-
season results which involved a 10-23
loss to Saracens from Rangiora, and a
41-21 victory over Westport.
Coach Dan Tauwhare is ruing the
loss of prop Lane Ryna and the two top
tryscorers from 2013, Mitch Brown
and Dale Green. A notable gain was
South Westland's Brent McBride.
Tauwhare is looking to build a team
around captain Troy Tauwhare, and
key players in Sean McClure and Pete
Te Rakau. "We have had a few backs
injured in the pre-season games or at
training so we will be a little light rst
couple o weeks. If we can compete in
most games I will be happy."
Blaketown manager Gavin Davy said
fears that the seagulls would struggle
for front rowers had been eased by
newcomers or players coming through
the ranks to ll the gaps. Otherwise the
squad was similar to last year's.
Player-coach Nik Davy plans to call
on the other senior players to assist
with the task. A pre-season game
against Waihola ended in a narrow loss
but Blaketown, entered and won, the
recent rugby league nines tournament,
and the players showed a good level of
tness for early in the season.
e Wests' scrum packing down
against Marist has an international
avour about it, with a new prop from
Wales, Matthew Je eries, teaming up
in the front row with former Samoan
representative Heroshi Tea, while
Canadian, Darcy Ralph (West Coast's
most valuable player last year) packs
down behind them.
Coach Kevin Church said the side
had changed little from last year.
e captain's job will be shared
between Chris Lord and Shaun
Marist's new coach Luke McNeish
has lost Andrew Millar and Josh
McNeish over the o -season but the
defections have been o set by the
return, from retirement, of former
West Coast prop Sam Jury and newly
recruited Fijian halfback, Navitalai
Marist narrowly lost its sole
pre-season game to Saracens but
played well enough to suggest
they will be competitive with most
Work commitments, which take
several players out of town during
the week, have a ected trainings and
reduced tomorrow 's squad by four,
resulting in coach McNeish having to
lace up his boots, too.
"I hadn't planned on playing all year
but here I am pulling on the jersey for
game one," he said.
Internationals add spice to 2014 Coast rugby scene
ere are always some certainties at
e Waikato Draught will ow in the
stands, a cacophony of cow bells will greet
every opposition shot at goal, and the name
of either Liam Messam or Aaron Cruden
will be present in the starting XV.
Until this weekend. e Chiefs host the
Rebels tomorrow night and, for the rst
time in more than six years, neither of
the defending champions' co-captains will
feature in the run-on side.
While Cruden has started every match
since he arrived with Dave Rennie for the
2012 season, Messam had an even more
impressive streak before the pair joined the
e loose forward had played three
straight seasons without missing a start,
meaning a round four match in the 2008
Super 14 was the last time the Chiefs could
turn to neither Messam nor Cruden in
times of need.
Cruden's absence was forecast, after
sustaining a broken thumb during his side's
draw with the Cheetahs last week, but
Messam's exclusion was more unexpected.
He's been named on the bench for the
meeting with Melbourne, as coach Dave
Rennie opts to rest the in uential All Black
after another heavy workload early in the
Messam has been every-present in
the Chiefs' six matches and, while the
temptation was strong to again include the
iron man once Cruden was ruled out, the
brains trust in Hamilton had long since
selected Saturday night as the ideal time
for him to put the feet up.
"We picked this week a month ago before
we left for South Africa," forwards coach
Tom Coventry said.
"Obviously with Aaron breaking his
thumb, we had the option to reconsider
whether we rested him for this game, but
we decided to rest him. He's played every
minute of every match and we thought it
was prudent we continue on with our plan.
He'll play a role this week with us but it'll
be o the bench."
With their pair of leaders on the sideline,
the Chiefs hardly have far to look for
replacements. Super Rugby centurion
Tanerau Latimer will wear Messam's
No 6 jersey, while a well-prepared under-
study in Gareth Anscombe takes the reins
at rst ve.
A man the Chiefs coaches think of as
a leader-in-waiting, 22-year-old Brodie
Retallick, will assume the captaincy duties.
"Brodie has a massive leadership role in
our team anyway," Coventry said.
"He's part of our leadership group, he
plays with authority and he's one of our
stand-out performers every week."
at faith extends to a player on whom
the watching eyes will focus much more
heavily than Retallick. Anscombe has yet
to start in the No 10 jersey since joining
the Chiefs --- with an immovable object
blocking his presence --- but his displays in
training have convinced the Chiefs they are
in safe hands.
"Gareth's been working a lot at training at
10 since we started, really," Coventry said.
"He's been running the cutter well over the
last couple of days since he's been given the
Bundee Aki returns from shoulder surgery
to link outside of Anscombe, while Tasman
utility Tom Marshall gets his rst crack at
In the forwards, lock Michael Fitzgerald
and prop Jamie Mackintosh complete the
changes from the starting XV that allowed
the Cheetahs to build a big lead last
weekend. --- APNZ
teenager Nathen Manuel
in his rookie Nelson
uniform, after gaining
selection to the extended
training squad for the
for Coast boy
Chiefs without iron men
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Eric Watson says he will walk away from
the Warriors if the club's fans tell him to go.
After a day of claim and counterclaim
between Mr Watson, fellow co-owner Sir
Owen Glenn and chairman Bill Wavish
yesterday, Mr Watson told the Herald: " e
real shareholders, the real stakeholders are
"If you don't have the fans you've got
nothing. ey see what's going on ... and
they are able to make their own decisions.
"If I believe the New Zealand fans believe
I'm not the right owner and the club should
have another owner, I would be prepared
to do that. But that's not the message I'm
getting ... people know through my actions
I'm here for the long haul."
Glenn and Watson have been locked in a
war of words following the sacking of coach
Matt Elliott after the side's 37-6 defeat to
the Sharks at the weekend.
Watson said he was ba ed by statements
Glenn made about Elliott's departure,
which he said he had no idea about.
"I can't get inside his mind. is has caught
me and everyone else by surprise. Why
would you do this?"
Watson dismissed a claim by Sir Owen
that he (Watson) had asked for $15 million
to sell his 50% stake of the club, and that
he had o ered Sir Owen
only $1 million for his
half. Sir Owen paid $6.15
million for the stake in
"It's like his (Sir Owen's)
statement that 'I've had
no involvement, the board
with me and no one asks
me anything'. e very same man sent
several instructions to that very board asking
speci cally not to be involved."
Despite the public wrangle, Watson said
they had a cordial meeting in Auckland
eight weeks ago.
Glenn told the Herald on Wednesday: "I
feel like an outsider to the club. Why keep
money in it if you're not getting anything
out of it? I'm not talking about dividends,
I've never received a cent."
He could not be reached for further
comment last night.
Wavish said Glenn needed to sell his stake
for the Warriors to move on from the mess
at present engul ng the club.
Elliott has put out a statement saying he
agreed to the Warriors' press release that said
he "resigned" and that he held no bitterness
towards the club. "For what it's worth, I
really believe (replacement coach) Andrew
McFadden is more than ready and has what
it takes to lead." --- New Zealand Herald
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