It is with great pleasure that Rugby Southland announces the 2020 SIT Zero Fees Southland Stags Squad.
Head Coach Dale MacLeod is pleased with how the boys have regrouped, following a process that began when MacLeod took over the Head Coach role in early 2020.
“The individuals in the squad have been named because of their work ethic and performance over the club season. It is also a great step in the right direction with an increase in the number of Super Rugby level players which will lift the performance of our boys aiming for higher honours themselves. We are once again proud to have one of the strongest local representations in the Mitre 10 Cup and we can’t wait for Southland supporters to get in behind us this season.”
MacLeod has four backs and two loose forwards training with the squad over the next two weeks battling for the final two/three spots in the squad.
2020 SIT Zero Fees Southland Stags
Ethan de Groot – Invercargill Blues/Highlanders
Siate Tokolahi*- Highlanders
Joseph Walsh- Woodlands
Chris Apoua- Star
Lio Tosi- Marist
Shaun Stodart- Marist
Niko Manaena*- Petone
Greg Pleasants-Tate - Star
Talemaitoga Tuapati – Pirates Old Boys
Flynn Thomas - Marist
Michael McKee – ENC Barbarians
Manaaki Selby-Rickit – Star/Highlanders
Craig Smith – Pirates Old Boys
Raymond Tatafu – Invercargill Blues
Tony Lamborn (Captain) – Havelock North/Blues
Matthew James- Woodlands
Charles Alaimalo - Woodlands
Arese Poliko* - Invercargill Blues
Glenn Preston* - Silverdale
Logan Crowley – Coastal
Raniera Takarangi* - Marist
Liam Howley - Woodlands
Scott Eade (vice captain) - Marist
Greg Dyer – Pirates Old Boys
Ray Nu’u - Woodlands
Isaac Te Tamaki – Pirates Old Boys
Joshua Moorby - Woodlands
Amanaki Nicole* - NZ Sevens
Rory van Vugt – ENC Barbarians
*New Southland Cap
Wider Training Group
Jacob Payne – Invercargill Blues, Kane Prentice- Te Anau, Brenton Howden- ENC Barbarians, Jacob Coghlan ENC Barbarians, Cole Blyde- Woodlands, Nathan Va’atasusili – Woodlands, Jordan Stewart – Star, Matt McKenzie – Woodlands, Ueta Tufuga – Marist, Brad Armstrong – Star, Jaye Thompson – Pirates Old Boys, Tevita Latu – Marist, Kieran Lee – Woodlands, Brad Kooman – Invercargill Blues, Alex Thrupp – Star, Keanu Kahukura – Marist.
Unavailable for selection due to injury
Ben Fotheringham- Marist, Ben Paulin – Invercargill Blues, Jay Renton – Invercargill Blues, Bram Fodie – Edendale, Javaan Fa’amoe-Ioane – Marist.
Once again Rugby Southland must acknowledge our long-standing sponsors, who’s support has been key to once again fielding a Southland team in the Mitre 10 Cup.
We acknowledge all of our sponsors and partners, in particular our major community funders the ILT, ILT Foundation and Community Trust South, and sponsors the Southern Institute Of Technology Zero Fees, Rothbury Insurance Brokers, Speights, Computer Concepts Ltd, SBS Bank and Paladin Sports.
The countdown is on to our first game of the season against Hawkes Bay, Sunday September 13th 4.35pm Rugby Park, tickets are on sale now at ILT Stadium Southland or Ticketek.co.nz.
Bring The Roar!
Article added: Thursday 03 September 2020