Big names line up to support injured player

MORE TIME OUT OF BED: Injured Awatapu College rugby player Nat Manville has moved to a specialty spinal unit.
MORE TIME OUT OF BED: Injured Awatapu College rugby player Nat Manville has moved to a specialty spinal unit.

There will be big names at a fundraising dinner for injured Awatapu College player Nat Manville.

It will be at Palmerston North's Convention Centre on July 30, and Manawatu All Blacks Aaron Cruden and Aaron Smith will be there, unless they're playing in the Super Rugby final.

So will old All Blacks Colin Meads and Andy Leslie. Nat suffered a spinal injury while playing for his first XV and is still in Burwood Hospital, Christchurch. The dinner is being organised by the Manawatu Rugby Union and the NZ Rugby Foundation.

■ So far eight people from the wider Manawatu have been selected for the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They are cyclists Simon van Velthooven and Jesse Sergent, shooters Martin Hunt and Ryan Taylor, bowlers Barry Wynks and Mark Noble, and hockey players Kayla Whitelock and Emily Naylor. We also expect rugby sevens' Junior Tomasi Cama to be picked.

■ Three basketball imports will link up for a New Zealand connection in the Worldwide Invitational tournament in Las Vegas next week.

Former Manawatu Jets point guard Chris Hagan is playing alongside Taranaki NBL player Suleiman Braimoh in the team coached by New Zealand Breakers head coach Dean Vickerman.

■ Former Manawatu Turbos first five-eighth Isaac Thompson is doing well in Canberra. He is with the Tuggeranong club and hopes to get a place in the new provincial-style competition. There is an England jersey in the Thompson home in Palmerston North. It was from a swap by Isaac's brother Rob when he played for the Crusaders against England last month.

■ Prime Minister John Key had the honour of officially opening Orlando Country Club on Rangitikei Line at the Bayley's function on Thursday. After he cut the ribbon he indulged himself by hitting a few golf balls from the range across the water in front of the new lakehouse.

■ For those whose horse needs some exercise, the Ashhurst Polocrosse Club is starting up indoor polocrosse again. Only one horse is needed when it starts at Tielcey Park near Aokautere from 10am next Sunday and fortnightly after that, although the second is on Saturday, July 26. Organiser Graham Elphick (027 2490 981) said "people are welcome to bring their own horse and have a go".

■ The Palmerston North Golf Club is advertising for a new general manager. Murray Edgecombe is leaving the Brightwater club after three years to take life easy and help out at his other business in Feilding.

■ It is an extraordinary feat that Palmerston North Boys' High School has had 10 students represent New Zealand at cycling this year. From left above are: Robert Stannard, Nate Levin, Campbell Stewart, Alex West, Chris Denholm, George Roberts, Carne Groube, Jordan Castle, Luke Mudgway and Joel Yates.

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