Waimate senior rugby side a rebuilt unit

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR: The Waimate senior rugby side's stocks have been boosted by the arrival of two Tongans and two Scots - from left, Loni Toumohuni, Daavid Thomson, Ben Johnstone and Tokomata Fakatava.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR: The Waimate senior rugby side’s stocks have been boosted by the arrival of two Tongans and two Scots – from left, Loni Toumohuni, David Thomson, Ben Johnstone and Tokomata Fakatava.

The Waimate senior team could be the surprise package of the Hamersley Cup senior rugby competition.

Celebrating their 50th jubilee at Anzac weekend there could also be celebrations at the end of July.

Year to year they usually struggle to balance the playing ledger but 2013 is looking positive.

Three players with Heartland experience are lining up plus some unknown quantities from Scotland and Tonga will be a feature.

Heartland “player of origin” Kurt Rooney has taken up a teaching job at St Kevin’s in Oamaru but will be a key back.

Rooney will be joined by 2011 Heartland back Miles Medlicott, who is returning from overseas in a fortnight.

Handy midfielder Shane Spiers has returned from Pleasant Point to be part of the celebratory year and will add depth after the career-ending motorcycle accident to the talented Simon Proudfoot.

The forwards have been strengthened after a player agent secured the services of Tongan Rugby Academy members Tokomata Fakatava and Loni Toumohuni.

Fakatava can play prop or loose forward while Toumohuni can play at lock or six. While the 21-year-olds missed the opening game of the season as they waited on their transfer clearance, both have the size and build to suggest they will be handy additions.

The front row stocks have been further boosted by the return of Forbes Meehan from Australia, and Ryan Maro, from Old Boys.

Lock Ryan Luckman is back from his OE while loose forward Brad Keen has also returned for the jubilee year.

Two Scottish backs are also in the mix after playing with Rooney at Varsity last year.

Halfback Daavid Thomson will back up Theo Davidson while Ben Johnstone is an outside back.

John Little makes up the additions, having been playing in the East Coast.

Their convincing 35-10 win over Old Boys at Manchester Park will have also added to the side’s confidence under coaches Paul Henshaw and Warren Rooney.

They should also add a further win when they travel to Geraldine on Saturday.