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Sports Talk: WaiCoaBay squads prepare for NZRL National Youth Tournament

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The 2018 WaiCoaBay under 15s and under 17s squads are currently preparing for the National Youth Tournament to be held in Rotorua in early October.

The teams were chosen to represent our finest league players in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Coastlines, Gisborne and Hauraki. Both squads look ready to deliver with some current New Zealand represenatives mixed with some future stars providing the basis of what should be a promising tournament.

The WaiCoaBay Stallions train on weekends and have strength and conditioning sessions mid-week.

NZRL youth squads training website

We aim to give our players the best opportunity to go to higher honours with selections from this tournament going into the national Talent Development Programme (TDP) from where national sides are chosen.

Our coaching staff have been selected based on the skill set they contribute to the program, and are led by national under 16s assistant coach Eugene Davis who took charge of our under 17s, and last year’s successful under 14s coach Rob Taingahue who leads our under 15s. Both coaches are well backed up by quality staff. Like most sports we rely on the amazing volunteers that give their time to ensure that kids across the country can chase their dreams.

The WaiCoaBay programme is not just about helping build a great athlete – it’s about building a great person.

Rob Taingahue: Head Coach WaiCoaBay under 15s

In regards to the WaiCoaBay under 15s 2018 squad, we have players that the zone have developed for the last 3 years. Now they get their turn on the big stage and represent their whanau, and Zone, at the nationals.

Our focus for this team is to keep them growing and develop them to reach for higher honours. I know this group of men has the talent and the ability to get there. I am as a coach so privileged to be Head coach for this team and cannot wait for the tournament.

Eugene Davis: Head Coach Head Coach WaiCoaBay under 17s

The WaiCoaBay under 17s go into this year’s Youth Nationals with positive momentum from last year’s tournament and the inaugural National Training Development Programme campaign earlier this year. The coaching staff hope to build on these two previous campaigns with over half of the player roster having experience playing at a national Level.

The building of a positive working culture within the team has always been a key focus for WaiCoaBay teams. However, at most times it hs been challenging given the geographical logistics to be factored in. We’re therefore very appreciative of the support from whanau, staff and various stakeholders from the respective districts that buy into the campaign.

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