Te Huna to head Maori Rugby programme

The Manawatu Maori side for the 2018 Miki Haddon Memorial taonga and the new annual fixture against Manawatu Samoa will be headed by Coach Daniel Te Huna. Te Huna will host his second training on Thursday 27th September at CET Arena after a good showing of numbers for the initial training on Tuesday.

Te Huna who has a wealth of knowledge coaching through junior, seocndary, senior and representative programmes will lead the programme as head coach alonside a number of experienced personnel. The aim of the programme is to provide a quality Maori Rugby experience for Senior Men with and aim of developing annual traditional fixtures against Whanganui, Manawatu Samoa and a selection of other teams in the Te Tini a Maui catchment.

The Manawatu Samoan side fresh off their High Commissioner Cup campaign will be back out training as they prepare to take on the Manawatu Maori side on Saturday 13th October. The match will be a one off for the Samoan side, whereas the Maori side will be backing up from a match the previous week on 6th October against Wanganui Maori.

The Miki Haddon Memorial Trophy match which is scheduled this year to be held in Palmerston North after the inaugural match was held in Wanganui in 2017. Manawatu claimed a narrow win in the inaugural fixture while Wanganui will look to claim the shield for the first time.

Manawatu Maori rugby players are invited to attend the first training on Tuesday 25th September 6pm at Central Energy Trust Arena where they will prepare for the two fixtures

Saturday 6th October vs Whanganui Maori

Saturday 13th October vs Manawatu Samoan