Marty Holah included in Waikato squad

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James Mortimer     01 Aug 2012     Getty Images

The 35-year-old Holah spent four years with the Ospreys, but returned home last year to play for the Mooloos, and has been playing for Hamilton Marist of late.

Like his old openside sparring partner, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, Holah has been used out of his traditional fetching position in recent years, playing at blindside flanker in recent campaigns.

Holah has played 83 matches for Waikato, while he featured for the Chiefs on 69 occasions and played 36 tests for the All Blacks, although his international career may have featured more appearances were it not for another back row forward called McCaw.

The squad still doesn’t have their Super Rugby contingent named, with Liam Messam the most notable absence, while representatives from other franchises are still to link up with the squad.

Waikato, the 2010 and 2011 runners-up, will play three pre-season matches, beginning with rivals Hawke’s Bay in Tokoroa, before kicking off the campaign proper with an opening round match against North Harbour in Albany.

Waikato Pre-Season Rugby Squad:

Forwards: Fraser Armstrong (Te Awamutu Sports), Ted Tauroa (Otorohanga), Latu Talakai (Fraser-Tech), Kalem Chan Boon (Hamilton Marist), Marcel Cummings-Toone (University), Vance Elliott (Hamilton Old Boys), Chris Middleton (Te Awamutu Sports), Sam Kilgour (Hautapu), Josh Tyrell (Hamilton Marist), Josh Olsen (Hamilton Old Boys), Matt Vant Leven (Fraser-Tech), Jono Armstrong (Te Awamutu Sports), Marty Holah (Hamilton Marist), Zak Hohneck (Otorohanga), Josaan Levien (Hamilton Marist), Rory Grice (Otorohanga), Adam Burn (Hamilton Old Boys).
Backs: Ruan du Plooy (Hautapu), Matt Cameron (Fraser-Tech), Sam Christie (Fraser-Tech), Piers Francis (Hamilton Marist), Glen Robertson (Fraser-Tech), Joe Perawiti (Otorohanga), Save Tokula (Fraser-Tech), Marnus Hanley (Hautapu), Jacob Proctor (Hamilton Marist), Tim Mikkelson (University), Joe Webber (Hamilton Marist), Semisi Masirewa (Morrinsville Sports), Trent Renata (University).