Promising Manawatu lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit heading to Southland

Manaaki Selby-Rickit is leaving Manawatu for Southland.
Warwick Smith/ Fairfax NZ.

Manaaki Selby-Rickit is leaving Manawatu for Southland.

Promising lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been lost to Manawatu rugby with him set to link up with Southland.

The young lock will play his final game for College Old Boys before making the shift to Invercargill where he will be reunited with his Silver Ferns sisters Te Paea and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, who play for the Steel.

Selby-Rickit has shown plenty of potential and has been on Manawatu rugby's radar since he left school.

Former Turbos coach Jason O'Halloran dubbed Selby-Rickit and fellow youngster Liam Mitchell as locks of the future when he left the province in 2015.

That was after Selby-Rickit impressed for the Manawatu Under 19s for two consecutive seasons.

His performance at the National Under 19 tournament was enough to get him invited to trial for the New Zealand Under 20s in 2016, but he missed the team.

Selby-Rickit came through Tu Toa, where he was invited to the Hurricanes Under 18 camp.

He was signed to the Manawatu academy straight out of school.

Selby-Rickit also represented Palmerston North in basketball at under-17 level.

In Southland, he will be coached by former Highlanders lock Hoani MacDonald.

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