Injury relief for Turbos ahead of Bay of Plenty clash
A host of players returning from injury has offered the Manawatu Turbos a timely boost ahead of their match against Bay of Plenty in Rotorua on Thursday.
Fullback Junior Laloifi (concussion), first five eighth Jade Te Rure (elbow) and wing Michael Tagicakibau (hamstring) have all been cleared for the match.
Coach Jeremy Cotter has named one of his strongest sides of the season for the week seven Mitre 10 Cup clash.
Props Fraser Armstrong and Michael Alaalatoa return to the starting side, while Tom Hughes has been names at lock to partner Liam Hallam-Eames.
Antonio Kiri Kiri and Brice Henderson return to the starting XV.
Jamie Booth gets another crack at the No 9 jersey with Otere Black retaining the starting duties at first five-eighth.
Hamish Northcott will partner Rob Thompson in the midfield with Tagicakibau and Te Rangatira Waitokia on the wings and Laloifi at fullback.
Te Rure will make his return via the bench.
Tim Cadwallader remains side lined with a calf injury and Sam Wasley is still battling back from his knee injury.
Second five-eighth Ngani Laumape is back training with the Turbos after recovering from the knee injury he picked up while playing for the All Blacks against Argentina.
He is a possibility to be available for the side’s match against Hawke’s Bay, depending on how his knee handles the training load.
Turbos: 15 Junior Laloifi, 14 Te Rangatira Waitokia, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Michael Tagicakibau, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Brice Henderson, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 6 Liam Mitchell, 5 Tom Hughes, 4 Liam Hallam-Eames, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Sam Stewart, 1 Fraser Armstrong. Reserves: 16 Gene Syminton, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Sean Paranihi, 19 Nic Crosswell, 20 Brad Tucker, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Jade Te Rure, 23 James Tofa