Sunday, July 12, 2015
Following their Rotorua Trial and Wasps Cavaliers match, Steamers coaches Clayton McMillan, and Rodney Gibbs have named their 2015 ITM Cup squad.
Culum Retallick and Carl Axtens have been named as co-captains of this year’s Steamers team, featuring 15 uncapped Bay of Plenty players and 20 returning players.
The squad is a mixture of established Steamers, some seasoned campaigners and young talent coming through the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union system.
McMillan comments on the Steamers squad, “We are pleased with the squad we have selected. We know this is an extremely competitive competition and believe the players we have picked are good men, hard working and motivated to perform”
“It is important this team represents our region. This is reflected in players from numerous clubs being represented in the final squad. The process has been helped with the assistance of selectors who have a wealth of playing and coaching experience in the Bay of Plenty rugby jersey”.
“We are looking forward to earning the respect of our supporters and stakeholders by playing with passion and a brand of rugby synonymous with the Bay of Plenty.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s CEO Mike Rogers, said “It is a big year for us and we are already feeling the support from the community which is great and we hope that continues throughout the season. I know Clayton, Gibby and the players have been working very hard and they will do everything they can to represent our region with pride during the ITM Cup.”
Steamers 2015 ITM Cup Squad:
Nathan Harris (Te Puke Sports); Joe Royal (Rotoiti); Seb Siataga (Canterbury)*
Solomona Sakalia (Mount Maunganui); Aidan Ross (Te Puke Sports)*; Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (Rotoiti); Pingi Tala'apitagi (Tauranga Sports); Mike Kainga (Mount Maunganui); Jeff Thwaites (Tauranga Sports)*
Tim Bond (Te Puke Sports); Troy Callander (Greerton Marist)*; Keepa Mewett (Tauranga Sports); Culum Retallick (Tauranga Sports), Brodie Retallick (Tauranga Sports)
Sam Cane (Tauranga Sports); Johan Bardoul (Ngonogotaha); Shahn Eru (Te Puna)*; Zak Hohneck (Rotoiti); Carl Axtens (Tauranga Sports); Joe Tupe (Greerton Marist)
Jono Kitto (Te Puke Sports); Te Aihe Toma (Te Puna); Papa Wharewera (Rotoiti)*
Dan Hollinshead (Te Puke Sports); Nick Evemy (Tauranga Sports), Te Rangi Fraser (Whakarewarewa)
Terrence Hepetema (Te Puna)*; Caleb Hall (Greerton Marist)*; Lalakai Foketi (Rangataua)*
Chase Tiatia (Rangataua)*; Leroy van Dam (Greerton Marist); Tino Nemani (Greerton Marist); Brynn Uriarau (Te Puke Sports)*; Craig Clare (Paroa)*; Whaimotu Craft-Chemis (Whakarewarewa)*
One player is still to be added to the squad.