on Thursday, 01 July 2021. Posted in Turbos News


The Turbos squad continues to come together with a pair of Samoan internationals in Ed Fidow and Ray Niuia committing to Manawatū.

Winger Fidow, 27, has signed for two years, while hooker Niuia, 30, is on deck for one season.

Niuia, who started at hooker for Manu Samoa against the Māori All Blacks last weekend, has come out strong after a frustrating run of injuries.

He played the final two games for the Blues in their Trans Tasman Super Rugby title campaign.

Niuia joins Tongan international Siua Maile and Varsity young-gun Ben Strang as the team’s hookers.

Like Maile, Niuia brings international experience to the frontrow having played nine tests for Samoa.

Niuia’s career includes stops at North Harbour, Tasman, the Blues and the Highlanders.

Powerful winger Fidow returns to New Zealand having spent three years with the Worcester Warriors in England.

Fidow has played 12 tests for Samoa, bagging 10 test tries. He was a regular on the Sevens World Series between 2015 and 2017 before turning his focus to 15s.

Prior to signing with Worcester, Fidow played for Brisbane in Australia’s NRC and French sides Provence and Bordeaux.

Fidow is joined in the outside backs by Taniela Filimone, Tima Fainga'anuku and Drew Wild, while midfielders James Tofa, Josiah Maraku and Jason Emery are also able to cover the back three.

Coach Peter Russell continues work on his squad with just a handful of places to be locked up ahead of the season proper.