The Manawatu Turbos have assembled an impressive team for the 2018 season. Among the big additions are the midfield combination of Rob Thompson, who is knocking on the door of the All Blacks, and Lifeimi Mafi.

Coaches Jeremy Cotter and Aaron Good are finding the benefits of having spent time working together.

Last season's player of the year Jackson Hemopo is sure to be one to watch after making his All Blacks debut against France. Manawatu have finished fifth for the past two years, but are determined to treat their fans to playoff action in 2018.

2018 Players

Jamie Booth

Jamie Booth - Halfback

Ngani Laumape

Ngani Laumape - Second Five Eighth

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith - Halfback

Liam Mitchell

Liam Mitchell - Lock

James Tofa

James Tofa - Second Five Eighth

Ben Wyness

Ben Wyness - First Five Eighth

Gene Symington

Gene Symington - Hooker

Samuel Slade

Samuel Slade - Lock

Brad Tucker

Brad Tucker - Lock

Sam Wasley

Sam Wasley - Number 8

Sam Stewart

Sam Stewart - Hooker

Fa'alelei Sione

Fa'alelei Sione - Loosehead Prop

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson - Centre

Sione Asi

Sione Asi - Tighthead Prop

Sean Paranihi

Sean Paranihi - Tighthead Prop

Sam Malcolm

Sam Malcolm - First Five Eighth

Brice Henderson

Brice Henderson - Number 8

Fraser Armstrong

Fraser Armstrong - Tighthead Prop

Michael Alaalatoa

Michael Alaalatoa - Tighthead Prop

Tim Cadwallader

Tim Cadwallader - Hooker

Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes - Lock

Otere Black

Otere Black - First Five Eighth

Kayne Hammington

Kayne Hammington - Halfback

Jade Te Rure

Jade Te Rure - First Five Eighth

Hamish Northcott

Hamish Northcott - Second Five Eighth

Antonio Kiri Kiri

Antonio Kiri Kiri - Flanker

Nick Crosswell

Nick Crosswell - Flanker

Lifeimi Mafi

Lifeimi Mafi - Centre