Talented Otago Boys' High School flanker Taine Te Whata to return home to Southland
Rugby Southland have managed to get their hands on talented Otago Boys' High School loose forward Taine Te Whata.
The Otago Boys' openside flanker will link with the Rugby Southland Academy after finishing at school and will play his first season of senior rugby in Southland's premier club rugby competition next season.
He has signed with Southland for the next two years in what is somewhat a homecoming.
Te Whata hails from Mossburn but transferred from Northern Southland College as a 14-year-old to study at Otago Boys'.
He has previously been a standout in the sport of athletics but this year it is on the rugby field where he has made a mark with the Otago Boys' first XV.
As a result, this week he was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools squad of 49 players.
Te Whata joins Southland Boys' High School first five-eighth Kaleb Talamahina in the players selected in the national squad.
Talamahina is the sole representative selected from Southland Boys'.
The 49 players will attend a three-day camp starting on Friday, September 22 and they vie for places in the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools teams.
Fresh off a victory at the National Top Four finals, Hastings Boys' High School has nine players selected, and is one of 24 schools represented.