Milner-Skudder, Hughes, Torrance-Read, Tuimauga sign with Manawatu
on Friday, 21 August 2020. Posted in Turbos News
Former All Blacks outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder has re-signed with the Manawatū Turbos for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup.
The fleet-footed 29-year-old, who debuted for the Turbos in 2011, confirmed his commitment to his home province among the four latest signings for the team.
Also inking deals were 11-game Turbo lock Tom Hughes, along with Varsity lock/ loose forward Micaiah Torrance-Read and Feilding Yellows prop Tietie Tuimauga.
Milner-Skudder looked to have played his last game for the team when injuries ruled out any chance of him getting on the field in in green and white in 2019 having signed a deal to move to Toulon in France at the conclusion of the campaign.
But after a combination of injuries and COVID-19, the 2015 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year, opted to return to New Zealand Rugby signing with the Highlanders.
He made his return from injury through Dunedin club rugby last week.
The classy outside back brings plenty of x-factor and experience into the Turbos’ backline.
Towering lock Hughes is back for his fourth season with the Turbos.
He made his debut in 2014 before injuries hampered his attempts to build on his provincial record.
In 2018, Hughes was re-signed to the Turbos and he also featured in the squad in 2019.
Hughes will play his first game of rugby in almost 12 months when the Turbos take on Taranaki in preseason action on Saturday. He has not been on the field since he ruptured achilles tendon against Northland last year.
Torrance-Read links with the Turbos on the back of an outstanding club campaign for Varsity.
Comfortable at both lock and loose forward, the 1.97m workhorse will offer plenty of height and effort to the Turbos’ pack.
Torrance-Read came to Manawatu having long been on the fringes of the Taranaki squad where he played for Spotswood.
He played one Mitre 10 Cup game for Taranaki in 2017.
Samoan prop Tuimauga comes with a handy resume having played for Wellington and Wanganui in the past.
Another to standout in the club competition, Tuimauga was particularly impressive with ball in hand in Feilding’s run to the Hankins Shield title.
Turbos squad to date: Sam Stewart (Te Kawau), Siua Maile (OBM), Solomona Sakalia (OBM), Michael Alaalatoa (FOB-Oroua), Tietie Tuimauga (Feilding), Paulo Leleisiuao (FOB-Oroua), Kyle Stewart (COB), Tom Hughes (Varsity), TK Howden (Feilding), Filo Paulo (Kia Toa), Michael FitzGerald (Te Kawau), Liam Mitchell (Te Kawau), Miciah Torrance-Read (Varsity), Tyler Laubscher (Varsity), Johnny Galloway (COB), Brayden Iose (Kia Toa), Jamie Booth (Varsity), Aaron Smith (Feilding), Stewart Cruden (COB), Ben Wyness (Feilding), James Tofa (COB), Josiah Maraku (Feilding), Ngani Laumape (Kia Toa), Nigel Ah Wong (OBM), Adam Boult (Te Kawau), Ben Werthmuller (OBM), Drew Wild (Feilding), Te Rangatira Waitokia (Varsity), Newton Tudreu (Kia Toa), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Varsity).
Turbos home games 2020
CET Arena - 20/09 Turbos v Otago 2.05pm – Double header – Cyclones v Tasman 11.35am
CET Arena - 9/10 Turbos v Canterbury 7.05pm
CET Arena - 17/10 Turbos v Bay of Plenty 2.05pm
Manfeild - 1/11 Turbos v Southland 2.05pm
Manfeild - 8/11 Turbos v Taranaki 4.35pm