After a rough year in 2017, Waikato will be desparate to turn things around this year. They were relegated from the Premiership, but now have former All Black Jono Gibbs at the helm. Manawatu won...
Fraser Armstrong left Auckland to link up with the Manawatu Turbos in 2015. The young prop played for the NZ schools and under-20 side. His consistent performances for the Turbos saw him rewarded with a Hurricanes contract in 2018.
Iose was a star at schoolboy level when he captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools' side, so it was no surprise when he was immediately signed to the Turbos. Iose's pace around the park and ability to break tackles made him one of the most elusive loose forwards in the game.
An upcoming first five, Te Rure scored 114 points in his 19 games for the Turbos. He was a rising star that earned 3 caps for the New Zealand Under 20's. He left New Zealand to play rugby in Scotland for Edinburgh under his grandmother's Scottish heritage at the end of 2014, but returned in 2017.
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.