Counties Manukau name squad and new sponsor

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James Mortimer -     08 Jul 2009     Getty Images

Pukekohe Stadium will be referred to now as the ‘Bayer Growers Stadium' after Bayer New Zealand Ltd signed up as the principal naming rights sponsor for the 2009 season.

Bayer is an international research-based group with major businesses in crop science, animal and human healthcare, and high-tech materials.

Counties Manukau Rugby Union President and Grower, Henry Wilcox was rapt with the news.

"We are grateful to have Bayer on board for our first season back home, under lights. It is an important year for us, so having the support of Bayer is great and hopefully a turning point of things to come."

Counties have named a balanced squad, including sevens star DJ Forbes, new All Black Leila Masaga, and experienced playmaker Tasesa Lavea.

They will open their campaign in the pre-season against Auckland.

First Air New Zealand pre-season match

Saturday 11 July at 4pm
Counties Manukau Steelers v Auckland

Counties Manukau Steelers 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Squad

Cody Martin, Ardmore Marist
Courtney McKay, Ardmore Marist
Sikeli Nabou, Ardmore Marist
Sherwin Stowers, Ardmore Marist
Matt Holloway*, Christchurch Marist
Augustine Pulu, Karaka
DJ Forbes, Karaka
Siale Piutau, Karaka
Waka Setitaia, Karaka
Josh Hall**, Linwood
Ahsee Tuala, Manurewa
Fritz Lee, Manurewa
Jamie Metcalf, Manurewa
Lelia Masaga, Manurewa
Mark Selwyn, Manurewa
Samisoni Fisilau, Manurewa
Tim Nanai Williams, Manurewa
Siua Halanukonuka, Papakura
Ilisa Maasi, Patumahoe
Jason Roach, Patumahoe
Rees Logan, Patumahoe
Viliami Fihaki, Patumahoe
David Raikuna, Pukekohe
Graham Dewes, Pukekohe
Jamie Chipman, Pukekohe
Seremaia Tagicakibau, Pukekohe
Kojak Faioso, Waiuku
Notise Tauafao, Waiuku
Simon Lemalu, Waiuku
Tasesa Lavea, Waiuku

Players not considered because of injury : Tuaefe Palalei (Karaka) and Dean Cummins (Ardmore Marist)
Unavailable because of work commitments: Grant Henson (Waiuku)

* Matt Holloway is a loan player from Southland who plays Hooker
** Josh Hall is a goal kicker loan player from Canterbury who plays First Five, 2nd Five and Fullback