Kenya wing Willy Ambaka is named in the Manawatu Turbos squad that will be looking to brush off last week’s loss to Otago. Turbos play the Bay of Plenty Steamers at home on Friday night.
Already a crowd favourite, Willie Ambaka returns to the starting line-up, after the inclusion of All Black Nehe Milner Skudder last week.
Injuries to Hunter Prescott and Liam Hallam-Eames mean that Tim Cadwallader and Liam Mitchell both get promotions, with Cadwallader starting at hooker and Mitchell grabbing his first Mitre 10 Cup spot since signing his Turbos contract.
Maybe the most exciting prospect for Friday night is the earlier than expected return of Jason Emery, who will act as cover for the midfield pairing of Hamish Northcott and Lewis Marshall.
Turbos: 1Armstrong, Fraser 2.Cadwallader, Tim 3.Alaalatoa, Michael 4.Parsons, Tom 5.Hemopo, Jackson 6.Crosswell, Nick 7.Kiri Kiri, Antonio 8.Bedwell-Curtis, Heiden 9.Hammington, Kayne 10.Black, Otere 11.Ambaka, William 12.Northcott, Hamish 13.Marshall, Lewis 14.Curtis, Ambrose 15.Baker, Kurt
Reserves: Tuki Raimona, , Sean Paranihi, Sione Asi, Liam Mitchell, Brice Henderson, Jamie Booth, Jade Te Rure, Jason Emery