Hawke’s Bay Tui full of confidence heading into 2019 campaign

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Head coach Steve Woods will have the services of Black Ferns hooker Forne Burkin, who has moved back to Hawke’s Bay after winning the Premiership with Canterbury last season. 

20-year old Burkin made her Black Ferns debut earlier this year at the Super Series in San Diego. She then came off the bench against the Wallaroos in Perth during the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy series. 

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Burkin will play alongside experienced Black Fern utility back Krysten Cottrell for the Tui. Cottrell was Hawke’s Bay’s top points scorer last year, notching up 52 points. Three-time World Champion halfback Emma Jensen also returns and will again link up nicely with Cottrell. The 41-year old, who has already made the most Farah Palmer Cup appearances, is back for her second straight campaign with Hawke’s Bay.

Former Counties Manukau lock Hanna Brough is back again for the Tui and will add experience at the lineout, while Kiwi Ferns league player Chanel Huddleston is available again. Huddleston was valuable in the forward pack last year, and she even slotted into the backline to make one appearance at centre. 

Tui top try scorer in 2018, winger Tori Iosefo returns for the Tui this season. She scored six tries in five games last year, including a hattrick against North Harbour. 
Woods’ squad includes 12 rookies, one of which is Karamu High School fullback Cortez Te Pou. She was recently selected to attend the New Zealand Maori Under 18 Development Camp that was held in Rotorua and coincided with the Maori All Blacks fixture against Fiji. 

Woods will have assistants Shaun Bell and Alby Baker alongside him in the coaching team again in 2019. 

2018 Farah Palmer Cup result: 
3rd in Championship 

2019 Farah Palmer Cup fixtures: 
Week 2: Hawke’s Bay v Northland, Sat 7 September 1pm – Tremain Field, Napier
Week 3: North Harbour v Hawke’s Bay, Sat 14 September – TBC club ground, North Harbour
Week 4: Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki, Fri 20 September 5pm – McLean Park, Napier (DH)
Week 5: Tasman v Hawke’s Bay, Fri 27 September 5.05pm – Trafalgar Park, Nelson (DH)
Week 6: Hawke’s Bay v Otago, Sat 5 October 12pm – Tremain Field, Napier

2019 Hawke’s Bay Tui squad: 
Nicolette Adamson, Davina Atkin, Michaela Baker, Sylvia Bockman, Hanna Brough, Kathleen Brown, Forne Burkin, Krysten Cottrell, Lukika Faavae, Teani Feleu, Kara Huata, Chanel Huddleston, Te Aroha Hunt, Rebekah Hurae, Tori Iosefo, Niamh Jefferson, Emma Jensen, Teagan Meyer, Liana Mikaele-Tu'u, Te Maari MacGregor, Holly Macdonald, Whitley Mareikura, Whitney Olsen, Ashley Palu, Felicity Powdrell, Jennifer Simati, Jess Taueki, Cortez Te Pou, Shaylee Tipiwai, Gemma Woods.

Extended Wider Squad under-18s: Tuia Edwards, Amber McKenzie, Anna Powdrell.

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