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2017 MAKOS Squad named

 

The Tasman Makos coaches and management have named a squad of 28 players to contest the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Premiership. The team is split between 16 forwards and 12 backs.

There is a good balance of experience – 16 players with Super Rugby caps – and youth, with 3 new faces.

The team will be coached by Leon MacDonald with assistance from Leo Crowley, Andrew Goodman and Greg Somerville. The team manager is Martyn Vercoe.

LOCKS
Alex Ainley (Highlanders – 80), Pari Pari Parkinson (Stoke – 3), Quinten Strange (Crusaders – 11)

BACK ROW
Ethan Blackadder (Nelson – 9), Vernon Fredericks (Crusaders / Moutere – 46), Shannon Frizell (Marist – 12), Pete Samu (Crusaders – 29), Liam Squire (Highlanders – 38), Jordan Taufua (Crusaders – 10)

HALF BACKS
Finlay Christie (Chiefs – 10), Billy Guyton (Blues – 42),

FIRST – FIVES
Mitchell Hunt (Crusaders – 12), Tim O’Malley (Waitohi – 1)

MID-FIELD BACKS
Levi Aumua (Kahurangi *), David Havili (Crusaders – 31), Trael Joass (Wanderers – 11), Alex Nankivell (Chiefs – 15)

OUTSIDE BACKS
Tima Faingaanuku (Nelson – 8), Will Jordan (Christchurch *), Viliami Lolohea (Harlequins – 13), James Lowe (Chiefs – 37).

(* = new cap)

The team also features two All Blacks – back rower Liam Squire and prop Kane Hames, three NZ Under 20’s representatives – prop Ryan Coxon, winger Tima Faingaanuku and fullback Will Jordan – and NZ Sevens back Trael Joass.

Two former Makos – hooker Ti’i Paulo (2006) and flanker Jordan Taufua (2012) – return to the fold this season.


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