Turbos Contracting Shaping Up

on Monday, 23 November 2015. Posted in Turbos News

Manawatu Turbos Rugby Heiden Bedwell Curtis

Bedwell-Curtis, Alaalatoa and Mapapalangi are amongst the recently re-signed Turbos for 2016.

The season may be over but Manawatu Rugby CEO John Knowles as well newly appointed head coach Jeremy Cotter have been hard at work securing players for 2016. After a tough 2015 season Turbos head coach Jeremy Cotter is looking to secure standout players whilst leave some positions open for competition.

“We have a fairly clear idea who we are after and also who we would like to see put their hand up over the coming club season,” he outlined, “It is certainly positive to have some of our key targets secured ahead of the New Year.”

Amongst the re-signed players is the ever dependable Heiden Bedwell-Curtis who has been one of the Turbos most outstanding and consistent players in recent seasons. The young Blindside flanker claimed the starting spot in his debut season and has not given it up since. There is no denying that Bedwell-Curtis leaves everything on the field for the Green and White something Cotter is quick to point out;

“Heiden as a player embodies what the Turbos about, he is hard working puts everything into training and playing for his teammates and the Jersey. Anyone like that is great to have in your playing environment.”

Despite a monstrous 2015 ITM Cup campaign for the Turbos Bedwell-Curtis missed out on a Super Rugby contract for the coming season. Although disappointed the Turbos blindside spoke of clear intentions for the off-season;

“I’ll just be focussing on my fitness and size over summer, I aiming to push my weight up so I will be putting plenty of effort into that area.” 

“I’m very happy to be sticking with the Turbos for at least another two years, it is a great environment to be a part of and I really enjoy playing in the Green and White.”

Also among those recently re-signed is rookie of the year Michael Alaalatoa. The 130Kg prop was a force to be reckoned with in the 2015 season. His form quickly put him on the Super Rugby radar and as a result he will return to the Turbos in 2016 after a full year with the Crusaders.

Manawatu Turbos Rugby Michael Alaalatoa Crusaders

“Mike was a key target for us, his form over the season speaks for itself.” Head Coach Cotter outlined; “it will be a great experience for him working with a very accomplished front row down there.”

The Turbos have also re-signed the services of former New Zealand sevens star Ambrose Curtis, loose head prop Chris Eves, prop Fraser Armstrong and versatile lock Valentino Mapapalangi.

Manawatu Players Re-signed
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
Michael Alaalatoa
Ambrose Curtis
Chris Eves
Fraser Armstrong
Valentino Mapapalangi

Players Already Contracted
Otere Black
Jason Emery
Callum Gibbins
Antonio Kiri Kiri
Hamish Nortcott
Newton Tudreu
Sam Malcolm
Jamie Booth
Kayne Hammington
Luther Hirini
Nathan Tudreu
Ngani Laumape

Aaron Smith
Nehe Milner-Skudder
Aaron Cruden