Thanks for the memories - they've been special

Last updated 05:00 12/08/2014
Jimmy Cowan
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BACK IN NZ: Former Stags halfback Jimmy Cowan will play for the Tasman Makos this season.

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The countdown continues to the start of the Stags 2014 provincial campaign on Friday night.

Yesterday LOGAN SAVORY highlighted five Southland players who need big 2014 provincial seasons. Today he looks at five Southlanders who will line up for other provinces in the competition. 

Brayden Mitchell

The 25-year-old former Southland Boys' High School pupil played 21 games at hooker for Southland from 2009 to 2012 before last year opting to make the shift to Waikato.

The former New Zealand under-20 representative will yet again turn out for Waikato during the 2014 season.

Naulia Dawai

Dawai shifted from Fiji to join the Midlands club in Southland, and after being transformed from a hooker to a loose forward, he was selected in the Stags squad. Last year he played 10 games for the Stags with nine of them coming off the bench.

In the off-season Dawai made the shift to Dunedin to play for the Harbour club and has been selected to play for Otago during th 2014 provincial season.

Jimmy Cowan

Cowan is just one of 12 players who have played 100 games for Southland and it will be strange seeing him line up for the Tasman Makos during this provincial season.

The former All Black halfback returned to New Zealand after playing two years with the Gloucester club in the England and chose Tasman to try and make his mark once again on New Zealand rugby.

It will add some intrigue to the September 17 Southland-Tasman game in Invercargill.

Robbie Robinson

Robinson is one of the more talented players to come out of Southland playing for both the New Zealand secondary schools' and New Zealand under-20 teams.

He played 61 games for Southland from 2008 to 2013 and has pushed on to play Super Rugby for both the Highlanders and Chiefs.

However, this season the former Southland Boys' High School pupil has made the move to North Harbour where he hopes to recover from a hip injury and help Harbour to some success in the Championship competition.

Marty McKenzie

McKenzie was also a NZ under-20 rep out of Southland who has gone on to be with the Blues and Chiefs Super Rugby squads, and the New Zealand sevens squad.

The fullback/first first five-eighth played 26 games for Southland up to last season before opting to transfer to Taranaki for the 2014 season.

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McKenzie's younger brother Damian has joined Waikato for the 2014 season.

- The Southland Times

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