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Bay of Plenty Volcanix named to play Waikato

Friday, September 29, 2017
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Bay of Plenty Volcanix Head Coach Brendon Webby has selected a familiar starting fifteen for tomorrows Farah Palmer Cup clash against neighbouring rivals Waikato.

The side will feature only four changes to the starting fifteen that delivered a comprehensive performance over the Tasman Makos women’s side last Sunday. Following a clinical performance last weekend hooker Lily Florence secures her position as the preferred hooker, joining props Luka Connor and Ereti Williams in her blazer game to pack down the front of the scrum. The remainder of the dominant forward pack will be unchanged.

A new nine ten combination of Jade Tuilaepa and Shaye Whareaorere will start this weekend following the side-lining of Ora Williams after sustaining a neck injury. The elusive Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly will move to start on the left wing with Sapphire Tapsell starting on the right wing to complete the changes for this weekend’s starting fifteen.

A reshuffle in the reserves will see Te Puke High School’s Braxton Walker and Rotoiti’s Teilani Thompson make their Farah Palmer Cup debut for the Volcanix off the bench in their respective number 17 and number 18 jerseys. Black Fern Lesley Elder returns from her World Cup campaign and will be looking to make an impact off the bench for her first runout in the blue and gold hoops.

Bay of Plenty Volcanix:
1. Luka Connor (23)
2. Lily Florence (10)
3. Ereti Williams (14)*
4. Kaci James (22) – Co-Captain
5. Julia Buescher (4)
6. Christie Yule (10) – Co-Captain
7. Kendra Reynolds (16)
8. Sequoia Autumn Te Aonui (4)
9. Jade Tuilaepa (3)
10. Shaye Whareaorere (9)
11. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly (15)
12. Tania-Rose Raharuhi (4)
13. Aryahn Clarke (7)
14. Sapphire Tapsell (11)
15. Crystal Mayes(4)

16. Julie Lewis (7)
17. Braxton Walker
18. Amanda Aldridge (3)
19. Teilani Thompson

20. Lesley Elder
21. Sarah Kay (1)
22. Zaan Scott (4)

Game Details:**
Saturday 30 September
Beetham Park, Hamilton
Kick off 2.45pm

() Denotes number of games
*Denotes Blazer game
** Denotes Debut

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