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The Taniwha comes to the Awa!

NGATI POROU EAST COAST RUGBY UNION TO HOST NORTHLAND DEVELOPMENT – The Taniwha comes to the Awa!

Ngati Porou tribal River Waiapu is renown for having a Taniwha lurking beneath.

So after several years of negotiating timetables Ngati Porou East Coast RU are so excited that their Mitre 10 Cup brothers in blue accepted their offer to visit Ngati Porou.

Even in uncertain times Northland CEO Cam Bell saw the opportunity to broaden rugby offerings in our new normal, “At the outset of Covid-19 lockdown, the Heartland Provincial Unions made a tough decision to forgo their competition so that their community game would have the chance to be played and hopefully thrive. Northland Rugby Union are equally committed hard to our grass roots community. We saw this as an opportunity to lend our support and aroha to a kindred Provincial Union”.

Ngati Porou East Coast CEO, Cushla Tangaere-Manuel is equally excited about the fixture, “We’ve been fortunate to have as much community rugby as we have in this post-covid environment, and concluding the season with a visit from Northland Development is an exciting highlight…I’m just not sure what they’re going to wear!”

Cam Bell says the Northland Development team are going old-school, travelling by bus and staying at a local Marae, “There is genuine excitement brewing not just in Northland and East Coast but in the wider New Zealand rugby community and we look forward to more games like this. Rise the Taniwha”!

The visit, made possible with the support of Summit Forests, will be played at George Nepia Memorial Park, Rangitukia on October 17th.

**We remain vigilant, and will monitor Covid-19 and any impact it may have on this trip**