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CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The Tasman Trophy senior club competition is here yet again, and we are pleased to have E’stel Beverages on board as naming rights sponsor.

This is the best senior rugby competition in the South Island. Every year it produces Mako, Super, NZ Under 20 and NZ 7s players.

I’m positive the quality of the rugby will enthral spectators and introduce us to the stars of the future.

This year we are starting early to accommodate the wishes of the clubs to play both semi and Finals rugby. I am excited what the rugby will deliver in 2019. We have a raft of new players in the Crusader Academy this year. I encourage you to watch these young players. 

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• Zyon Holo (Prop) – Wanderers
• Chris Halaufia (Flanker) – Wanderers
• Apetone Vaka (Centre) – Wanderers
• Campbell Parata (1st 5) – Waimea Old Boys
• Bailey Tau Tau (Number 8) – Waimea Old Boys
• Max Fraine (Hooker) – Waimea Old Boys 
• Max Nalder (Half Back) - Stoke
• Kalani Parkinson (Wing) – Stoke
• Mitch Barry – (Half Back) Nelson
• Saul Lewis (Full Back/ Wing) – Nelson

We also have two International players from Kintetsu Liners in Japan. They are part of our newly formed international program. They are based in Nelson but play for East Coast on the weekends. We welcome Naoki Morita (Centre) and Shohei Nonaka (Flanker) to our competition.

Over the February window the following Tasman wider training group and Academy players were selected for Crusader Knights 

• Jack Grooby (Stoke)
• Mike Curry (Moutere)
• Anty Burnett (Stoke)
• Blair Prinsep (Stoke)
• Jacob Norris (Marist)
• William Havili (Nelson)
• Rupena Parkinson (Stoke)
• Jamie Spowart (Marist)
• Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta (Stoke)

It has been brilliant to see Tasman Trophy stars of 2018 being contracted to super franchises as injury replacements. Jack Grooby (Crusaders then Blues); Jamie Spowart (Crusaders), Ryan Coxon (Chiefs) and Willi Havili (Blues) are all training with Super rugby teams at present. 

Finally, don’t sit at home but get down to the local park and watch some brilliant E’stel Tasman Trophy rugby and #FutureMako this Saturday.

Tony Lewis