Nine new in the Canterbury NPC squad as Naholo moves from Taranaki

Nine new in the Canterbury NPC squad as Naholo moves from Taranaki

The side will again be captained by High School Old Boys’ Reed Prinsep. “Reed’s a leader,” said Co Coach Mark Brown. “We felt he did a great job for us in the role last year and will continue to lead both on and off the field. He sets a great standard for our guys to follow, and he continues to be the right man for the job.”



Irish prop Conan O’Donnell joins Sam Stewart (hooker) in the front row, both bring previous NPC experience. Canterbury 7’s rep Cameron Bailey has been rewarded with his first full time contract fulfilling a lifelong dream for the St Andrews College old boy.

Former All Black Waisake Naholo swaps the amber and black of Taranaki for the red and black of Canterbury. With the Fijian flyer having returned to New Zealand following a stint at London Irish, having previously spent 8 years with Taranaki in the NPC. 28-year-old Jack Debreczeni will also join Canterbury for the first time, with the former Australian School boy rep having played for Northland in 2018 and 19.

The squad also includes six current All Blacks; George Bridge, Braydon Ennor, Joe Moody, Richie Mo’unga, Codie Taylor, and Sam Whitelock as well as Fijian international Manasa Mataele and Samoan hardman Henry Stowers.


First  Surname Club
Liam Allen*  Lincoln University 
Cameron Bailey* Christchurch
Finlay Brewis HSOB
George Bridge** HSOB
Fergus  Burke Canterbury University
Tom Christie***  Christchurch
Sam Darry  HSOB
Jack Debreczeni* West Melton 
Luke Donaldson Lincoln University 
Mitchell Drummond HSOB
Mitchell Dunshea*** Springston 
Brayden Ennor** Canterbury University
Chay Fihaki Burnside
Zach Gallagher* Burnside
Mitchell Gibson* HSOB
Cullen  Grace Lincoln University 
Billy Harmon New Brighton
Oliver Jager  New Brighton 
Jono Kitto* Linwood 
Shilo Klein HSOB
Daniel Lienert- Brown HSOB
Manasa Mataele** Marist Albion
Brodie  McAlister  Sydenham
Josh McKay Kaiapoi
Dallas  McLeod Christchurch
Richie Mo'unga** Linwood 
Joe Moody** Lincoln 
Waisake Naholo* Sydenham
Fletcher Newell Lincoln University 
Conan O'Donnell* HSOB
Rameka Poihipi Lincoln University 
Reed Prinsep HSOB
Isaiah  Punivai Burnside
Ngatungane Punivai Prebbleton
Luke Romano Hurunui
Sam Stewart* Christchurch
Henry Stowers*/** Sydenham
Codie Taylor** Sydenham
Samuel Whitelock** Lincoln University 
Tamaiti Williams Burnside


New cap* All Black/International** Injured***


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