Former Black Fern Aimee Sutorius joins Otago Spirit coaching team

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Sutorius, who is the women’s rugby High Performance development manager at Otago Rugby, joins fellow assistant Jamie Angus and head coach Scott Manson.


They’ve named a 29-strong side, which includes new Black Fern Kilisitina Moata’ane. The 21-year old recently made her Test debut against the Wallaroos in Perth. The first cap had been a long time coming for Moata’ane, who had her debut halted on two previous occasions because of injury.  


The Spirit squad features newcomers, Amy du Plessis and Hinemoa Watene. Rosie Buchanan-Brown has also been included. She plays halfback for Alhambra Union and scooped up the women’s player of the year prize at the Metropolitan club awards last month. 


Watene joins Otago from the Auckland Storm. She was part of the New Zealand women’s Sevens team that won gold at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last year. Watene has moved south for University and will provide plenty of speed in the backline.


Scott Manson has called upon veterans Hannah Stolba, Sam Hollows and Syreeta Norris for the 2019 season.


The Otago Spirit are looking forward to playing two fixtures under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium, with both matches to be broadcast live on Sky Sport.


2018 Farah Palmer Cup result:

2nd in Championship


2019 Farah Palmer Cup fixtures:

Week 2: Otago v Taranaki, Sun 8 September 11.35am – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (DH)

Week 3: Northland v Otago, Sat 14 September 12pm – Trigg Stadium, Whangarei

Week 4: Otago v Tasman, Sat 21 September 12pm – Logan Park 6, Dunedin

Week 5: Otago v North Harbour, Sun 29 September 11.30am – Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (DH)

Week 6: Hawke’s Bay v Otago, Sat 5 October 12pm – Tremain Field, Napier

DH – Double Header with Mitre 10 Cup match


2019 Otago squad:

Eilis Doyle, Claudia Hobbs, Isla Pringle, Paige Church, Tegan Hollows, Gemma Millar, Julia Gorinski, Jess Kendall, Syreeta Norris, Kate Smith, Morgan Henderson, Georgia Mason, Greer Muir, Bree Thomas, Morgan Walker, Rosie Buchanan-Brown, Rosie Kelly, Jordyn Tereu, Sheree Hume, Hannah Stolba, Amy du Plessis, Teilah Ferguson, Sam Hollows, Kilisitina Moata’ane, Meg Breen, Cheyenne Cunningham, Trisha Hopcroft, Hinemoa Watene, Kiana Wereta


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