Turbos Sign Jackson Hemopo
on Tuesday, 01 December 2015. Posted in Turbos News
The former Palmerston North Boys' High School lock will return to the Manawatu for the 2016 season after spending two seasons with Otago. Standing 1.93m tall and complimented with an athletic 108Kg build Jackson is an all-round lock. A skilled ball handler Jackson has been a regular feature of Otago’s lineout in recent times as well as their expansive attacking game plan.
At just 22 the young lock has already compiled an impressive list of achievements in the game with a Super Rugby debut against his name as well as a member of the 2013 New Zealand U20 squad along with Turbos Jason Emery, Nick Grogan and former Turbo Jade Te Rure.
Jackson compliments his physical attributes and skills with a high work rate around the paddock as well as the ability to play in the loose forward positions. Assets that appeal to Turbos head coach Jeremy Cotter;
“We think Jackson will have a lot to bring to the table. Depth can be an issue at times for us so a lock that can cover the loosies as well certainly compliments the squad.”
Cotter also pointed out the importance of Jackson’s rugby career starting in the Manawatu;
“It is good to be able to bring a home-grown player back into the Manawatu. Jackson’s work rate and habits he would have picked up in Super Rugby should have a positive impact not to mention we believe he will have good clarity on what the Turbos are striving for.”
Jackson joins Valentino Mapapalangi in the Turbos engine room so far with Fraser Stone and Jackon’s former PNBHS Locking partner Tom Hughes currently off contract.