The final regular season game of the season sees Southland come to Palmerston North. The southerners bring a ruggered tough forward pack which will test the Turbos up front. If the Manawatu tight...
One of the in-form players of the 2014 ITM Cup campaign, Nehe Milner-Skudder is a special rugby player. His ability to create something out of nothing is second to none and his versatility makes him an integral asset to any team he plays for. From just one season in Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Milner-Skudder was picked in the All Blacks squad that won the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. His electric pace and incredible step allows him to beat players and finish tries.
The young Otere Black came storming out of High School rugby with Tu Toa in 2013 to claim the Senior 1 highest point scorer for College Old Boys with a staggering 223 points from just 16 games. A composed and intelligent player, Otere won a Super Rugby contract with the Hurricanes in 2015, before moving to the Blues in 2018.
The former Manawatu Under 19s representative headed off to Wanganui in 2016 and had a bumper year making the New Zealand Heartland XV and being named Heartland Player of the Year. In 2017 he returned to Manawatu and proved he is up to the task of Mitre 10 Cup rugby.
The damaging ball-carrier returns home for the 2018 season. After coming through the grades in Manawatu, Thompson set off for Canterbury 2013. His consistent performances for the red and blacks saw him signed to the Crusaders in 2014. In 2016 he signed with the Highlanders where he has established himself as a mainstay of the southerners' backline. Thompson is brother of former Turbos first five-eighth Isaac Thompson.