BOP Steamers named to play Auckland

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IN FORM: Steamers No 8 Joe Tupe was a dominant force against Northland last week. PHOTO/FILE A_050816jb27BOP
IN FORM: Steamers No 8 Joe Tupe was a dominant force against Northland last week. PHOTO/FILE A_050816jb27BOP

Bay of Plenty coach Clayton McMillan has announced his squad to play in their final pre-season match against Auckland on Friday before their Mitre 10 Cup opener against Taranaki at the Tauranga Domain on August 20.

James O'Reilly, former New Zealand Under-20 player, has joined the squad as an injury replacement for hookers Sabastian Siataga (knee) and Joseph Royal (thumb).

Former Italy first-five Kelly Haimona will be hoping to get a run on the field following his return from injury. No 8 Eru Smith-Wano and winger Monty Ioane will also be re-joining the squad.

Auckland v Bay of Plenty Steamers pre-season:
Shore Road Reserve, Remuera, Auckland (Kick off 12.30pm)

Bay of Plenty squad:
Hookers: James O'Reilly, Leigh Hughes; props Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Aidan Ross, Solomona Sakalia, Pingi Tala'apitaga, Jeff Thwaites
Locks: Troy Callander, Keepa Mewett, Culum Retallick
Flankers: Matty Axtens, Hugh Blake, Jesse Parete, Henry Stowers
No 8s: Eru Smith-Wano, Joe Tupe
Halfbacks: Luke Campbell, Ruki Tipuna, Te Aihe Toma
First-fives: Kelly Haimona, Dan Hollinshead
Midfielders: Lalakai Foketi, Terrence Hepetema
Outside backs: Monty Ioane, Elijah Nicholas, Chase Tiatia, Isaac Te Aute

Not considered due to injury:
Te Rangi Fraser, Jordan Lay, Mitch Karpik, Sabastian Siataga, Joseph Royal, Shahn Eru, Liam Polwart

- Bay of Plenty Times

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