Canterbury name strong Mitre 10 Cup side to regain Premiership title

Christchurch

Canterbury will be looking to regain the Premiership after last years tough lost to Auckland in extra time. Head coach Joe Maddock will have one last ride with the team before he heads off to Japan after this year's competition. He has named his 2019 side for the Mitre 10 Cup season which includes 7 new Canterbury squad members and 9 All Blacks. 

The side is to be captained by Luke Whitelock one last time before he heads off shore to play his rugby in France. The team gains some experience by getting Crusaders Michael Alaalatoa and Tim Bateman into the side. 

Canterbury starts it’s season against Waikato on August 10th in Hamilton where all eyes will be on the side as they look to add to the legacy of Canterbury Rugby. 

2019 Canterbury Mitre 10 Cup squad (Name & Club): 

Michael Alaalatoa* (Linwood)
Harry Allan (Sydenham)
Tim Bateman (Christchurch)
Fergus Burke* (Canterbury University)
Brett Cameron (Lincoln University)
Tom Christie (Christchurch)
Whetukamokamo Douglas (Canterbury University)
Mitchell Drummond (HSOB)
Mitchell Dunshea (Springston)
Ereatara Enari (Lincoln University)
Inga Finau (Linwood)
Sam Gilbert* (Lincoln University)
Cullen Grace* (Lincoln University)
Billy Harmon (New Brighton)
Oliver Jager (New Brighton)
Daniel Lienert-Brown (HSOB)
Brodie McAlister (Sydenham)
Dallas McLeod* (Christchurch)
Josh McKay (Lincoln University)
Rameka Poihipi* (Lincoln University)
Reed Prinsep (HSOB)
Ngane Punivai (Lincoln University)
Junior Ratuva* (Burnside)
Luke Romano (Hurunui)
Seb Siataga (New Brighton)
Tom Sanders (Banks Peninsula)
William Tucker (Christchurch)
Siate Tokolahi (Sydenham)
Luke Whitelock (Canterbury University) 

*Denotes new Canterbury squad member (uncapped) in 2019 

Canterbury All Blacks:
George Bridge (HSOB)
Ryan Crotty (New Brighton)
Braydon Ennor (Canterbury University)
Owen Franks (Linwood)
Joe Moody (Lincoln)
Richie Mo'unga (Linwood)
Codie Taylor (Sydenham)
Matt Todd (Christchurch)
Samuel Whitelock (Lincoln University) 

Management: 
Head coach: Joe Maddock
Assistant coaches: Reuben Thorne, Nathan Mauger, Mark Brown