New Zealand Rugby League is pleased to announce the following players have been selected to take on the England Community Lions tomorrow night at Trusts Stadium in Auckland.

This Residents squad is made up of the best from the NZRL National Men’s competition, many of whom have already achieved professional or international rugby league success.

Co-Captain Tevin Arona represented the Cook Islands in the recent Rugby League World Nines competition following a stand out season for Canterbury in the NZRL Premiership. David Bhana is no stranger to the professional league, before his retirement due to injury two years ago, he captained the Warriors U20s, the Junior Kiwis in 2013, was named in the NRL 20s team of 2013, played professionally for the Newcastle Knights and has also represented NZ Māori.

Akarana playmaker, Aiden Ackland, has played 33 times scoring 62 points for the Warriors Jersey Flegg / Holden Cup team and Head Coach Andrew Auimatagi, coached the Canterbury Bulls to the NZRL 2019 Premiership final this year and also doubled as Linwood Keas’ Head Coach, guiding them to victory three years running.

This sought after fixture will be the closing bout of the first-ever England Community Lions tour down under. The game is set to kick of 6:30pm and will be televised live on SKY Sport.

The side is Co-Captained by Akarana’s Francis Leger and Canterbury’s Tevin Arona.

NZ RESIDENTS
No. FIRST NAME LAST NAME
1 Geronimo DOYLE
2 Simon LUAFALEALO
3 Francis LEGER
4 Jope Tagicackibau
5 Penitito lLALIO
6 Tevin ARONA
7 Brad CAMPBELL
8 Alex TODD
9 Josiah AFU
10 Connor TAURUA-PURCELL
11 Nicholas HALALILO
12 Matti TUITAMA
13 Michael BUTSON
No. RESERVES
14 Eiden ACKLAND
15 Jamel HUNT
16 Siliga KEPAOA
17 David BHANA
18 Jerome FLOOD

 

NZ RESIDENTS TEAM STAFF
Coach Andrew Auimatagi
Ast Coach Phil Gordon
Ast Coach Spencer TAPLIN
Manager Alana Lockhorst
Head Trainer Jamie WILLIAMSON
Physio Arianne CAROLL
Co-Captain Francis  LEGER
Co-Captain Tevin ARONA

 

This weekend is jam-packed with New Zealand Rugby League action at all levels, as the Residents take on the England Community Lions tomorrow night closely followed by the much-anticipated clash between the Great Britain Lions and Kiwis on Saturday 2nd November. The Kiwis and the NZ Residents enjoyed an opposed training session earlier in the week.

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