It was a tough start to the 2019 Central Region Shield for the Heartland Hurricanes team and their seven Wanganui Under 20's players after a 36-3 loss to Hawke's Bay Under 19 in a rainy Palmerston North on Saturday.

Initially five Wanganui players – Kohlt Coveny, Josefa Rokotakala, Jason Myers, Lamaire Meunier and Jack O'Leary – had been named in the Hurricanes squad for the three match series.

However, backs Tiari Tokotaua-Mumby and Jamie-Lee Robertson were late additions for the opening game, arriving as injury cover and covering an unavailablity on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Starting the match were Coveny

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