James Tofa impressed the coaches with his performances for College Old Boys on the wing. But he is comfortable anywhere in the backline and is a handy goalkicker to boot. His star showing was a five try effort against Feilding Old Boys-Oroua. He eventually went on to claim the season's best and fairest award. He then made his Turbos debut against Taranaki.
- Position: Wing
- Number of Manawatu Games: 17
- High School Club: Rotorua Boys High School
- Manawatu Club: College Old Boys
- Nationality: New Zealand
- Date of Birth: 22 September 1997