Mitre 10 Cup Preview: Bay of Plenty 2020

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Coach: Clayton McMillan

Home ground: Tauranga Domain & Rotorua International Stadium

2019: Championship winners

 

Talking points

The Steamers are stacked with Super Rugby players this season and they’ve done some pretty impressive recruiting over the off-season. Blues first five-eighth Otere Black and Chiefs halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi return home to their Bay of Plenty roots, while they’ll also have the services of All Blacks Sevens players Joe Webber, Regan Ware, Sam Dickson and skipper Scott Curry. Bay of Plenty will have both national captains, with new All Blacks skipper, Sam Cane also set to play for his beloved Steamers. Cane hasn’t played Mitre 10 Cup rugby since 2016, so he’ll be looking forward to lacing up the boots before the international season kicks off.

 

Player to watch

Emoni Narawa had a breakthrough season for the Steamers last year and off the back of that impressive campaign, made the Blues Super Rugby squad. The 21 year-old made his Blues debut against the Chiefs this year, but only had limited game time, with new All Black Caleb Clarke occupying the number 11 jersey for the majority of the season. The Fijian-born, former Hamilton Boys’ High School student will again be dangerous with the ball in hand and expect him to hit another level for the Steamers in this year’s campaign.

 

Incoming players

Jordan Lay, Keepa Mewett, Joe Webber, Regan Ware, Kane Le’aupepe, Zane Kapeli, Otere Black, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

 

 

Bay of Plenty squad

Aaron Carroll, Aidan Ross, Chase Tiatia, Cole Forbes, Dan Hollinshead, Emoni Narawa, Fa’asiu Fuatai, Haereiti Hetet, Hugh Blake, Jeff Thwaites, Joe Johnston, Joe Webber, Joe Tupe, Jordan Lay, Kaleb Trask, Kane Le’aupepe, Keepa Mewett, Kurt Eklund, Lalomilo Lalomilo, Leroy Carter, Luke Campbell, Mathew Skipwith-Garland, Mitchell Karpik, Nathan Vella, Nathan Harris, Nic Souchon, Otere Black, Regan Ware, Ross Geldenhuys, Sam Cane, Sam Dickson, Scott Curry, Stan van den Hoven, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Tevita Mafileo, Zane Kapeli


Bay of Plenty fixtures

Taranaki v Bay of Plenty

Sunday 13 September

2.05pm, TET Stadium & Events, Inglewood

 

Bay of Plenty v Southland

Saturday 19 September

7.05pm, Rotorua International Stadium

 

Wellington v Bay of Plenty

Friday 25 September

7.05pm, Sky Stadium, Wellington

 

Bay of Plenty v Auckland

Friday 2 October

7.05pm, Rotorua International Stadium

 

Tasman v Bay of Plenty

Sunday 11 October

2.05pm, Trafalgar Park, Nelson

 

Manawatu v Bay of Plenty

Saturday 17 October

2.05pm, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North

 

Bay of Plenty v Canterbury

Saturday 24 October

2.05pm, Tauranga Domain

 

Bay of Plenty v Hawke’s Bay

Sunday 1 November

2.05pm, Tauranga Domain

 

Waikato v Bay of Plenty

Sunday 8 November

2.05pm, FMG Stadium Waikato

 

Bay of Plenty v North Harbour

Sunday 15 November

2.05pm, Tauranga Domain

 

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