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31 Hornets players selected for higher honours

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Hornets premier women player Cassie Ormsby (with ball) was named in the Counties Manukau Stingrays premier women’s side. Times Photo / Wayne Martin

To build on an impressive year for the Howick Hornets Rugby League Football Club, 31 players and two coaches have been selected for representative sides.

Hornets’ media manager Josh Garry says for the entire season, senior squads have worked tirelessly to be the best they can be for their club and their fans.

“We at the Howick Hornets are … extremely proud to be able to return the favour and support the massive 31 players as well as two coaches, who have deservedly been selected for higher honours,” Garry says.

Seventeen of the 31 players selected from the club took the field for the Hornets premier women in their women’s premiership-winning season.

“Of course, we believe there could have been more, but given the abundance of promising talent throughout Auckland Rugby League there unfortunately isn’t room for everyone,” Garry says.

The NZRL national men’s and Sky Sport women’s premierships competitions both kick off on Saturday, September 2 and take place over six consecutive weekends.

Hornets Representative Players 

Counties Manukau Stingrays boys U18 

  • Francis Tuimauga
  • Kalani Peyroux-Donaldson
  • Rodney Tuipulotu Vea
  • Te Waaka Popata Henare

Counties Manukau Stingrays premier women 

  • Benji Tova
  • Cassie Ormsby
  • Charlotte Davis
  • Sam Curtis
  • Seifua Pio
  • Taylor Curtis
  • Tulu Aipolo

Counties Manukau Stingrays premier men 

  • Alan Niulevu
  • Anthony Fuimaono
  • Brandon Lee
  • Jethro Friend
  • Jody Henry
  • Liam Prendergast
  • Manu Fatialofa
  • Phranklyn Mano-Le-Mamea
  • Tahi Baggaley
  • Tamehana Paruru
  • Head Coach: Ruka Loza (Hornets premier men head coach)

Auckland Vulcans premier women 

  • Barbra Auva’a
  • Cilia-Marie Po’e-Tofaeono
  • Jonsal Tautari
  • Lisa Edwards Rua
  • Mele Fotu-Moala
  • Platinum Marsters
  • Saphire Abraham
  • Shontelle Woodman
  • Wendy Savieti
  • Zayde Sarah-Baldwin
  • Assistant Coach: Blake Ewe (Hornets premier reserve men head coach)

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