Turbos Sign Two Props & A First Five
on Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in Turbos News
The Turbos are closer to announcing their full squad after signing two local players and one from Auckland.
The coaching staff of the Manawatu Turbos have continued the distinctly local selection of players with the signing of Linton Prop Hakarangi Titchborne and Varsity First Five Sam Malcolm. To fill the last prop spot in the squad they have looked further a field signing Auckland player Fraser Armstrong on a one year deal.
Sam Malcolm comes into the squad at just 18yrs of age but full of potential. Capable of steering a team around the park Sam has been causing waves in the local senior one competition with his defenisve efforts as well as his kicking accuracy. Originally from Wanganui Sam came to the Manawatu to attend Massey University wear he was quickly selected into the Varsity Senior A Side as well as the Manawatu U19s. Head Coach Jason O'Halloran noted Sam for his skill set;
"Sam emerged as the obvious choice for us, he has been one of the form first fives in the senior one competition not to mention the most consistent. It will be good to have Sam sitting behind Otere so he can continue to develop his skillset at the next level."
Linton Prop Hakarangi Titchborne comes into the side after a standout season with a much more competitive Linton side then there has been in recent years, he joins fellow club team mates Jaxon Tagavaitau and Hamiora Thomas in the squad. Athletic and Agile for his position Hakarangi will no doubt be out to try and stamp some authority on a starting jersey with Chris Eves and Ma'afu Fia out injured.
Also looking to inject themselves into the starting line will be new prop Fraser Armstrong, who has signed on a one year deal from Auckland. At 1.93m and 122Kg the former NZ U17s representative certainly has the build for his position with potential to push onto to higher honours;
"The potential is certainly there with Fraser," Assistant Coach Jeremy Cotter outlined; "It will be a case of unlocking it. But I am confident that the culture we have in the squad will help bring it out."