Quick fire questions with Northland Taniwha players. We feature a new player profile every week of the Mitre 10 Cup season.

Matt Matich

Loose Forward, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed at Farmlands Park (Shark Park) in Dargaville and fill it with kumara to fuel the next generation of rugby talent from the Northern Wairoa.
  2. Where were you born?
    Dargaville
  3. Where did you attend high school?
    Mt Albert Grammar
  4. What club do you belong to?
    Western Sharks
  5. Favourite rugby player?
    Noah Cooper
  6. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Rugby Development Officer
  7. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Never reverse more than you have to.

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Matt Wright

Fullback, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed in my backyard. In the shed, I’d have all the essentials like a dart board, pool table and a fridge.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Rodney College
  3. What club do you belong to?
    Wellsford
  4. What is your favourite food?
    Pork ribs
  5. Favourite movie?
    Nacho Libre
  6. Favourite rugby player?
    Cory Jane
  7. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Tiler
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Rarotonga
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    At the end of the day, it’s night (Chooky)

 

 

Howard Sililoto

Prop, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed in the neighbourhood I grew up in, Glen Innes. I would turn it into a free gym for troubled youth, and target obesity in the area. In the shed, I’d have a boxing ring and weights and hold group training sessions.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Tamaki College / Mt Albert Grammar
  3. What is your favourite food?
    Mum’s Samoan Koko Rice
  4. Favourite movie?
    Dead Presidents
  5. Do you have a pet?
    A pitbull/labrador cross
  6. What are your hobbies outside of rugby?
    Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and above all, family time
  7. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Fitness Trainer / Landscaper
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Rarotonga
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Tough times never last, tough people do.

 

Josh Larsen

Lock, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed at Matapouri, facing open to the beach. I’d fill it with the ultimate coffee bean roaster and a machine to make some salty blends. A few surfboards tucked in there too.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Kerikeri High School/ Mt Albert Grammar
  3. What is your favourite food?
    Seafood and pasta
  4. Favourite movie?
    Moneyball
  5. Do you have a pet?
    Cat (Panther)
  6. What are your hobbies outside of rugby?
    Cooking, cafe/coffee enthusiast, travel and following the NFL.
  7. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Hostel Manager
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Europe, in particular, Spain
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Live in the present, learn from the past and plan for the future.

 

Jordan Hyland

Utility, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed at Te Arai Point and fill it with a John Deere tractor, a Gator and a pool table.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Westlake Boys High School
  3. What is your favourite food?
    Mexican
  4. Favourite movie?
    Forrest Gump
  5. Do you have a pet?
    Dog (Billie)
  6. Who’s your all-time favourite rugby player?
    Doug Howlett
  7. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Drainlayer
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Te Arai Point
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    No pain, no gain

 

Ropate Rinakama

Prop, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed in Fiji and fill it with construction equipment.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Mt Albert Grammar
  3. What are your favourite foods?
    Traditional Fijian dish
  4. Favourite movie?
    The Blind Side
  5. Do you have a pet?
    A boxer
  6. Who’s your all-time favourite rugby player?
    Shaun Devine (Humble and a hard worker)
  7. What is your job outside of rugby?
    Operating heavy construction machines
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Naivucini Village (Fiji)
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Be humble and have humility in your heart.  Treat people with respect and kindness.

 

Tim Bond

Lock, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed at Wellingtons Bay and fill it with a new Hilux and a stabicraft centre console.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Christchurch Boys’ High School
  3. What are your favourite foods?
    Fish and chips
  4. Favourite movie?
    Any given Sunday
  5. Do you have a pet?
    A dog called Max
  6. Who’s your all-time favourite rugby player?
    Culum Reallick
  7. What are your hobbies outside of rugby?
    Diving and fishing
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Tairua
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Enjoy it

 

 

Rene Ranger

Utility, Northland Taniwha

  1. If you could build your dream Coresteel shed, where would you build it and what would you put in it?
    I would build my dream Coresteel shed anywhere in Northland that was rural and by the sea. It would be a two-bay shed with an additional room as a rumpus/bar. It would also have a boat cover at one end and a chiller for home-kill meat. In the main two bays, it would have workshop space and room for my truck and a couple of motorbikes.
  2. Where did you attend high school?
    Rodney College
  3. What are your favourite foods?
    Seafood and meat
  4. Favourite TV programme?
    Hunting Aotearoa
  5. What’s your favourite type of music?
    NZ Reggae
  6. Who’s your all-time favourite rugby player?
    Jonah Lomu (he changed the game)
  7. What are your hobbies outside of rugby?
    Hunting, fishing, 4×4 motorbikes and family
  8. Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
    Far Far North
  9. What’s the best advice you have been given?
    Be yourself