Turbos finalised for 2021

on Monday, 02 August 2021. Posted in Turbos News

Turbos finalised for 2021

A new signing, a returning face and the confirmation of new co-captains complete the puzzle of the Manawatu Turbos squad for the 2021 Bunnings Warehouse NPC season.

The squad was finalised on Monday ahead of the season opener against Counties Manukau on Friday at Central Energy Trust Arena, a game that is free to attend.

A highlight of the squad reveal was the naming of Jason Emery and Brayden Iose as co-captains replacing Jamie Booth who is out for the season through injury.

Emery, 27, has played 56 games for Manawatū, but last donned green and white in 2017.

The former New Zealand Under 20s and Highlanders representative has been plying his trade in Japan, but opted to return to New Zealand this year with eyes on a Super Rugby return.

Iose has played 15 games for Manawatū.

The 22-year-old made his Hurricanes debut earlier this year and made his Turbos debut in 2017.

The athletic No 8 has a handy leadership resume including being captain of the 2016 New Zealand Secondary Schools XV.

Both Iose and Emery came through Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

Another familiar name for Turbos fans, Nehe Milner-Skudder, was also included as an assistant coach.

Milner-Skudder, 30, spent the Super Rugby season with the Highlanders.

The former All Black captained Manawatū in the absence of Booth last year.

While he will be serving as the side’s third assistant coach, he is determined to continue his playing career.

The final name locked into the team was loose forward Fa’atiga Lemalu.

The 32-year-old was called into the team as injury cover for Tyler Laubscher who is out for the season through injury.

Lemalu’s extensive playing career includes test rugby for Samoa, time with Japanese side Munakata Sanix Blues, Super Rugby with the Sunwolves and provincial rugby with Auckland.

The 2021 Turbos includes 16 players returning from last season.

Former Crusaders prop Harrison Allan, former Sunwolves prop Jarred Adams, Fijian international Ropate Rinakama and New Zealand Under 20s prop Joseph Gavigan add to Samoan international Tietie Tuimauga at prop. Siua Maile returns at hooker with youngster Ben Strang and they are joined by Samoan international Ray Niuia.

At lock, Micaiah Torrance-Read and Liam Mitchell are joined by academy graduate Ofa Tauatevalu and former Wellington representative Veikoso Poloniati.

New Zealand Under 20s flanker TK Howden, Iose, Johnny Galloway and Lemalu are joined by Shamus Hurley-Langton in the loose forwards. Hurley-Langton was loaned to Manawatū last season, but he has now transferred to the province.

At halfback, All Black Aaron Smith and the injured Booth are unlikely to feature. That will put the focus on Feilding’s Griffin Culver and Feilding Old Boys-Ōroua’s Logan Henry.

One test All Black, Whanganui-raised Brett Cameron, joins Stewart Cruden at first five-eighth.

Emery will anchor the midfield with exciting young duo James Tofa and Josiah Maraku.

In the outside backs, club rugby standout Drew Wild is joined by former Crusaders and Highlanders wing Tima Fainga’anuku, Samoan international Ed Fidow and young Taniela Filimone, along with Milner-Skudder.

JARRED

ADAMS

 Te Kawau

HARRISON

ALLAN

 OBM

JAMIE

BOOTH

 Massey

BRETT

CAMERON

 Te Kawau

STEWART

CRUDEN

 COB

GRIFFIN

CULVER

 Yellows

JASON

EMERY

 Kia Toa

LOTIMA

 FAINGAANUKU

 Kia Toa

ED

FIDOW

 Yelolows

TANIELA

FILIMONE

 FOBO

JOHNNY

GALLOWAY

 COB

JOSEPH

GAVIGAN

 Freyberg

TE KAMAKA

HOWDEN

 Yellows

LOGAN

HENRY

 FOBO

SHAMUS

HURLEY-LANGTON

 Te Kawau

BRAYDEN

IOSE

 Kia Toa

TYLER

LAUBSCHER

 Massey

FA’ATIGA

LEMALU

 Loan

SIUA

MAILE

 Freyberg

JOSIAH

MARAKU

 Yellows

NEHE

MILNER-SKUDDER

 Massey

LIAM

MITCHELL

 Te Kawau

RAY

NIUIA

 FOBO

VEIKOSO

POLONIATI

 OBM

ROPATE

RINAKAMA

 COB

BEN

STRANG

 Massey

AARON

SMITH

 Yellows

OFA

TAUATEVALU

 Kia Toa

JAMES

TOFA

 COB

MICAIAH

TORRANCE-READ

 Massey

TIETIE

TUIMAUGA

 Yellows

DREW

WILD

 Yellows