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Bay of Plenty Volcanix named to face Auckland in Farah Palmer Cup opener

Friday, September 1, 2017
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Head Coach Brendon Webby has named his side to face a stern first up challenge against the Auckland Storm in their Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup opener at Whakatane’s Rugby Park tomorrow.

Waikite’s Luka Connor will pack down the front of the scrum with Rangiuru’s Ereti Williams and Baye Jacob. Experienced locking duo of Captain Kaci James and Kate Henwood will complete the tight five. Vice-Captain Christie Yule will slot in on the blindside, with Kendra Reynolds as the Volcanix’s openside flanker. To complete the forward pack Sequoia Autumn will debut in the number eight jersey.

Half back Polly Playle will combine with debutant Ora Williams at first five eight. The midfield will see Rangiuru’s Shaye Whareaorere at second five eight and Aryahn Clarke at centre. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly and Sapphire Tapsell will be explosive from their respective left and right wings, with Black Ferns Sevens player Crystal Mayes debuting at fullback.

The bench will hope to see four new debutants onto the field for the Volcanix.

Bay of Plenty Volcanix:
1. Luka Connor (19)
2. Ereti Williams (10)
3. Baye Jacob (8)
4. Kaci James (18) – Co-Captain
5. Kate Henwood (12)
6. Christie Yule (6) – Co-Captain
7. Kendra Reynolds (13)
8. Sequoia Autumn*
9. Polly Playle (7)
10. Ora Williams*
11. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly (11)
12. Shaye Whareaorere (5)
13. Aryahn Clarke (3)
14. Sapphire Tapsell (7)
15. Crystal Mayes*

16. Julie Lewis (13)
17. Julia Buescher*
18. Makayla Daysh (1)
19. Lily Florence (6)
20. Brigid Cameron*
21. Tania-Rose Raharuhi*
22. Zaan Scott*

Game Details:
Saturday 2 September
Rugby Park, Whakatane
Kick off 12.00pm

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