Rotorua rugby players have made up a big chunk of the Bay of Plenty Under 15 wider training squad.
Bay of Plenty Under 15 head coach Tim Syme and his assistants Te Atirau Ohia and Chris Elvin announced the 36-man squad yesterday, which featured players from 12 Bay of Plenty secondary schools.
The 2018 Bay of Plenty Rollers Mills and Wasps squads were also announced today, with this year's Roller Mills Tournament to take place in Cambridge from October 9-14.
The Wasps Development side will play King Country and Thames Valley on September 9 and September 23 respectively.
Meanwhile, Taupō has retained hosting rights for the annual Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament for three years from 2019.
Taupō has been the home of the tournament since 2014, with its current five-year hosting agreement to end after the 2018 tournament.
New Zealand Rugby head of participation and development Steve Lancaster said King Country Rugby Football Union and Taupō District Council put together a comprehensive proposal to seal the deal.
"We have been impressed with how King Country has delivered previous tournaments, and have had overwhelming feedback from participating teams that Owen Delany Park and Taupō are well suited to this tournament."
Taupō District mayor David Trewavas said he was delighted to see the tournament remaining in Taupō.
"This event is a significant part of the annual rugby calendar, and brings a lot of visitors to the district.
"The standard of the rugby is really high. Some of these players will go on to represent New Zealand on the world stage."
The 2018 tournament will be played September 9-15, with players taking part in development programmes on non-game days.
Bay of Plenty Under 15 Wider Training Squad:
John Paul College:
Mount Maunganui College:
Rotorua Boys' High School:
Tauranga Boys' College:
Te Puke High School:
Brad-Lee Te Peeti
Te Wharekura o Mauao:
Trident High School:
Te Iwi Kepa
Western Heights High School:
Bay of Plenty Roller Mills:
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