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Smith starts as Booth slides to wing

on Friday, 18 September 2020. Posted in Turbos News

Aaron Smith will start his first game for the Manawatū Turbos since 2011 when he runs out onto Central Energy Trust Arena on Sunday.

The All Blacks halfback will be playing his 45th match for the province with his start meaning captain Jamie Booth will shift to the wing for the first time in his career.

The Turbos lineup on Sunday also features the debut of openside flanker Shamus Hurley-Langton who has joined the team for the remainder of the season on loan from Wellington.

Hurley-Langton will see Micaiah Torrance-Read slide to lock joining Teofilo Paulo in the second row.

The bench sees the return of Chris Eves, who has signed with the Turbos as cover for the injured Solomona Sakalia.

Eves has not played for the Turbos since 2017 after he returned to North Harbour and then spent last season at Bay of Plenty.

On the bench, Newton Tudreu is joined by Te Rangatira Waitokia and Stewart Cruden in the backs. In the forwards, Tyler Laubscher, TK Howden, Kyle Stewart, Eves and Siua Maile.




Manawatū Turbos

1 Tietie Tuimauga

2 Sam Stewart (SeeMe Media)

3 Michael Alaalatoa

4 Micaiah Torrance-Read (Distinction Hotel)

5 Teofilo Paulo (Rural Community Group)

6 Liam Mitchell (Humphries Construction)

7 Shamus Hurley-Langton (Yorb)

8 Brayden Iose (Gary Douglas Engineers)

9 Aaron Smith (McIntosh Farm Machinery & Cranes)

10 Ben Wyness (Machinery Specialists)

11 Adam Boult (DTSL)

12 James Tofa (Telcospec)

13 Josiah Maraku (Clarke Underground)

14 Jamie Booth (Bell Booth) ©

15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (McDonalds Manawatu)

16 Siua Maile (Norwood)

17 Kyle Stewart

18 Chris Eves

19 TK Howden (Dominator)

20 Tyler Laubscher

21 Stewart Cruden

22 Te Rangatira Waitokia

23 Newton Tudreu (Café Cuba)