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Thompson returns to Turbos starting XV

on Friday, 27 September 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Thompson returns to Turbos starting XV

Rob Thompson is set for his long-awaited return to the Manawatu Turbos starting lineup as the side look to go four-wins-on-the-trot against North Harbour on Sunday.

Thompson has not started since the side's second round loss to Taranaki with a calf strain and then a headknock reducing him to one appearance off the bench in the last four games.

But the Highlanders midfielder is ready for a return and is the only change to the Turbos' starting team replacing Ngani Laumape, who has been ruled out with a hamstring strain.

Coach Peter Russell has stuck with a settled side having found the winning formula in recent weeks.

The likes of Samu Tawake, Brayden Iose and Hamish Northcott have caught the eye in recent weeks with some ooutstanding form, while Andre Taylor looked at home at fullback last week.

Jamie Booth will continue at halfback having set the competition alight with his form this year. Atu Henare will be hoping to get on the field for his debut having not been used last week against Canterbury.

The other change to the side comes on the bench with Paulo Leleisiauo coming onto the bench in place of Sione Asi.


  1. Fraser Armstrong
  2. Nick Grogan
  3. Samu Tawake
  4. Fraser Stone
  5. Liam Mitchell
  6. Nick Crosswell
  7. Johnny Galloway
  8. Brayden Iose
  9. Jamie Booth ©
  10. Otere Black
  11. Adam Boult
  12. Hamish Northcott
  13. Rob Thompson
  14. Te Rangatira Waitokia
  15. Andre Taylor
  16. Sam Stewart
  17. Fa’alelei Sione
  18. Paulo Leleisiuao
  19. Sione Tu’ipulotu
  20. Rhys Pedersen
  21. Atutahi Henare
  22. James Tofa
  23. Josiah Maraku