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Canterbury coaches Rob Penney and Tabai Matson have named a 35-man squad to contest the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup.


Some of the players named in the squad are injured and may not be available for the first game of the season – against North Harbour at Albany on August 1 – and some players named are with the All Blacks and could have limited game time during the season.


There are several newcomers to the squad, including wing Tu Umaga-Marshall,

No8 Ash Parker, halfback Willie Heinz, hooker Will Catherwood, lock Luke Romano, prop Andrew Olorenshaw, prop Rodney Ah You, flanker Matt Todd, wing Chris Small and fullback Sam Monaghan.


Head coach Penney said: “We are really pleased with the quality of players we have in the squad. There is a good mix of young guys and more experienced players. We are sure that they will turn their talent into good performances on the training and playing fields.


“Tabai and I are looking forward to working with them more closely as we start the defence of our Air New Zealand Cup title in earnest.”


Canterbury play two pre-season games – against Southland in Invercargill on Friday, July 17, and against Wellington at the Westpac Stadium on Friday, July 24.


Canterbury’s first game at AMI Stadium is against Waikato on Friday, August 14.


2009 Canterbury Air New Zealand Cup squad:

Andrew Olorenshaw (Burnside)

Rodney Ah You (Sydenham)

Peter Borlase (Burnside)

Owen Franks (Linwood)

Wyatt Crockett (Burnside)

Corey Flynn (Sydenham)

Ti’i Paulo (University)

Will Catherwood (Burnside)

Luke Romano (HSOB)

James Broadhurst (Linwood)

Sam Whitelock (Lincoln Uni)

Isaac Ross (New Brighton)

Brad Thorn (Burnside)

Matt Todd (Christchurch)

Michael Paterson (Christchurch)

Kieran Read (University)

George Whitelock (HSOB)

Richie McCaw (Christchurch)

Ash Parker (Burnside)

Nasi Manu (Sydenham)

Willie Heinz (Linwood)

Tyson Keats (New Brighton)

Andy Ellis (University)

Dan Carter (Southbridge)

Colin Slade (HSOB)

Stephen Brett (University)

Tim Bateman (Christchurch)

Ryan Crotty (New Brighton)

Adam Whitelock (HSOB)

Casey Laulala (Marist Albion)

Chris Small (HSOB)

Sean Maitland (Linwood)

Tu Umaga-Marshall (Sydenham)

James Paterson (HSOB)

Sam Monaghan (Christchurch)


Currently injured: Borlase, Laulala, Ellis, Flynn, Carter, Paulo, Umaga-Marshall, J Paterson, McCaw.



Currently in All Blacks squad: Read, G Whitelock, Ross, Franks, Crockett, Thorn.