Another Selby-Rickit sibling heads south to chase sporting success

College Old Boys player Manaaki Selby-Rickit playing for College Old Boys in Manawatu's club rugby competition this season.
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College Old Boys player Manaaki Selby-Rickit playing for College Old Boys in Manawatu's club rugby competition this season.

Another Selby-Rickit sibling has made the move south to chase a sporting opportunity.

The Selby-Rickit sisters - Te Paea and Te Huinga Reo - have developed into key figures within the Southland sporting community given the key roles they have played as part of the Southern Steel netball team.

They moved south from Otaki to crack the netball big time.

Now younger brother Manaaki has also made the move to Invercargill as he chases his own sporting aspirations.

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Manaaki has been playing his rugby in Manawatu for the College Old Boys club before he arrived in Invercargill on Tuesday night.

He quickly linked with the Star club who he will play for for the reminder of the 2017 premier club season.

"My sister picked me up from the airport and I went straight [to training]. They are a good bunch of guys so hopefully I can help them," he said.

He will line up in his first game for his new club on Friday night when Star take on the Eastern-Northern Barbarians in Gore.

The 20-year-old speaks fluent Te Reo and is also close to finishing his teaching qualifications. He hopes to land a job at a school in Invercargill.

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Selby-Rickit is a lock and at over 2m tall provides a good lineout target. He is also regarded as an athletic second rower.

He does have a slight frame as he looks to bulk up and increase his physicality.

The son of former All Black Hud Rickit preferred not to make any big statements about what he hoped to do in Southland and instead was just keen to get on with playing.

Previously he has been part of a Hurricanes under 18 camp and was signed to the Manawatu academy straight out of school.

He impressed for the Manawatu under 19s for two consecutive seasons and his performance at the National Under 19 tournament was enough to get him invited to trial for the New Zealand Under 20s last year but he missed final selection.

Stags coach Hoani Macdonald said Selby-Rickit hadn't been signed by Rugby Southland and he had decided himself that he would make the move to Southland.

Macdonald commended him on showing the initiative to link with the Star club and try to put his best foot forward through Southland club rugby.

Lock is an area where Southland is light at the moment and if he can deliver on the promise shown in Manawatu he could be a possible option for the Stags.

Eastern-Northern Barbarians lock Mike McKee is the only obvious locking option at this stage for the 2017 season.

Selby-Rickit's new team mate at Star, Jack Capil, is very much on the radar of the Stags selectors and the pair may provide a handy combo at club level.

Former Auckland B lock Ray Tatafu has also shifted to Invercargill to link with the Blues club in a quest to impress in Southland.

 

 

 - Stuff

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