Bay of Plenty have proven to a bogey team for Manawatu in the past couple of season. 2018 provides a great opportunity for Manawatu to right that record and turn on some of their trademark...
The former Manawatu Under 19s representative headed off to Wanganui in 2016 and had a bumper year making the New Zealand Heartland XV and being named Heartland Player of the Year. In 2017 he returned to Manawatu and proved he is up to the task of Mitre 10 Cup rugby.
An upcoming first five, Te Rure scored 114 points in his 19 games for the Turbos. He was a rising star that earned 3 caps for the New Zealand Under 20's. He left New Zealand to play rugby in Scotland for Edinburgh under his grandmother's Scottish heritage at the end of 2014, but returned in 2017.
Kayne came into the squad after a solid season with Feilding Yellows in 2014. Originally from Wellington, the young halfback also represented New Zealand U20 at the Junior World Cup in 2010. He is a great support runner with the full skill set to get himself over the line.