Tudreu returns to Turbos

on Wednesday, 05 August 2020. Posted in Turbos News

Tudreu returns to Turbos

The Manawatū Turbos have welcomed home Newton Tudreu among their most recent four signings.

The Kia Toa wing joins Samoan international Filo Paulo, Tongan international Siua Maile and former Chiefs prop Solomona Sakalia in .

Tudreu, 27, has played 38 games for the Turbos scoring 12 tries between 2013 and 2017 before relocating to Waikato.

The pacey outside back, who is a constant threat on attack, returns to the province having played for Waikato last season.

Paulo, 32, has played for Kia Toa in the McDonald’s Manawatū Hankins Shield.

The 2.07m lock has played 37 tests for Samoa including featuring at the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups.

He played three seasons of Super Rugby for the Blues before shifting to Wales where he played for Cardiff Blues, before spending time in Italy with Benetton Treviso and England with London Irish.

He was playing in his second stint for Cardiff when COVID-19 hit and he opted to return to New Zealand settling in Palmerston North.

Sakalia, 29, is a former New Zealand Under 20s representative and a former Super Rugby representative for the Chiefs.

The mobile tighthead prop has played provincial rugby for Wellington and Bay of Plenty.

Maile, 23, has been in top form since breaking through to first class rugby in 2019.

Based in Christchurch after being schooled at Timaru Boys’ High School, he made his test debut for Tonga against the All Blacks and went on to be the youngest member of Tonga’s World Cup squad making his first appearance at the event against England.

The hard-running hooker brings plenty of physicality to the team.

Also contracted to the Turbos is former Chiefs lock Michael FitzGerald, although an injury since his signing is likely to rule him out of getting on the field.

The 33-year-old played 55 games for the Turbos between 2009 and 2014 and was consistently a standout in the second row.

He has recently finished up with the Leicester Tigers in England.

There remains plenty to play for as Turbos coach Peter Russell juggles his final places in the squad.

Turbos squad to date: Sam Stewart (Te Kawau), Siua Maile (OBM), Solomona Sakalia (OBM), Michael Alaalatoa (FOB-Oroua), Paulo Leleisiuao (FOB-Oroua), Kyle Stewart (COB), TK Howden (Feilding), Filo Paulo (Kia Toa), Michael FitzGerald (Te Kawau), Liam Mitchell (Te Kawau), 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).

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