Team named for preseason match three
on Tuesday, 09 July 2019. Posted in Turbos News
Manawatu will have their first home preseason hit out against the New Zealand Defence Force at Central Energy Trust Arena on Wednesday at 2pm.
The match is free for spectators and will be played over four quarters.
The New Zealand Defence Force are gearing up for the World Defence Cup later this year and includes a host of players from the Manawatu region from the Linton Army Camp and Ohakea Royal New Zealand Air Force Base.
For Manawatu, it is the third of five preseason matches with the side having a win over Wellington and a narrow loss to Hawke’s Bay to date.
Coach Peter Russell has named a strong, but young side for the match with just a handful of Turbos contracts on the line.
The match marks the return from injury of young No 8 Brayden Iose.
Iose, a former captain of the New Zealand Secondary Schools XV, has two games for the Turbos to his name but spent all last season sidelined with a hip injury.
Further injuries in club rugby has restricted him this year, but former Palmerston North Boys High School star has been given the green light to return to the field.
He is joined in the loose forwards by Johnny Galloway and Sione Tuipulotu, who has moved from Counties Manukau.
At lock, club standout Mickey Woolliams will pack down alongside veteran Fraser Stone, while Fa’alelei Sione, Sam Stewart and Sam Tufuga round out the front row.
Atu Henare will be given another chance to push his case at halfback.
Stewart Cruden is in doubt at No 10 with illness, but there is Ben Wyness and Sam Malcolm, who has recently returned from Toronto.
James Tofa was a star at the last preseason match and has another chance to push for the No 12 jersey inside Hamish Northcott.
Ben Werthmuller, Te Rangatira Waitokia and Adam Boult are a dangerous attacking weapons at the back.
There is plenty of talent on the bench with Nick Grogan, Tom Hughes and Nick Crosswell bringing some experience to the mix.
Japanese prop Sunao Takizawa is joined by Paulo Leilesiuao as prop reserves while young combo Ueta Tufuga and Josiah Maraku have plenty of x-factor in the midfield.
Manawatu Evergreens: 15 Adam Boult, 14 Te Rangatira Waitokia, 13 Ueta Tufuga, 12 James Tofa, 11 Ben Werthmuller, 10 Stewart Cruden, 9 Atu Henare, 8 Brayden Iose, 7 Johnny Galloway, 6 Sione Tuiplulotu, 5 Mickey Woolliams, 4 Fraser Stone, 3 Sam Tufuga, 2 Sam Stewart, 1 Fa'alelei Sione. Reserves: Sunao Takizawa, Nick Grogan, Paulo Leilesiuao, Tom Hughes, Nick Crosswell, Griffin Culver, Ben Wyness, Josiah Maraku, Ueta Tufuga, Sam Malcolm