The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union selection panel have announced the Steamers squad that will contest this year's ITM Cup.

A mix of Super 15 players returning to the Bay, current contracted squad members and a number of club rugby players give the 2012 Steamers a good balance of youth, experience and wise old heads.

"It is pleasing to see the progress made by a number of members of the extended training squad selected earlier in the season," Steamers coach Kevin Schuler said.

2012 Bay of Plenty Steamers:


Mafi Kefu (Greerton Marist), Mike Kainga, Kenny Lynn, Greg Pleasants Tate, Warren Smith (Mt Maunganui), Jason Hona (Rangataua), Tanerau Latimer (Rangiuru), Jesse Acton (Rotoiti), Toby Arnold, Carl Axtens, Luke Braid, Phil Burleigh, Sam Cane, Josh Hall, Lewis Hancock, Josh Hohneck, Brett Mather, Keepa Mewett, Tristam Moran, Chris Noakes, Dan Perrin, Leon Power, Brodie Rettalick, Culum Rettalick, Ben Smith, Pingi Taalapitaga (Tauranga Sports), Lelia Masaga, Nick McCashin, Jamie Nutbrown, Simon Rolleston, Jack Wilson (Te Puke Sports), Lance MacDonald, John Pareanga (Te Puna).

Head coach: Kevin Schuler, assistant coach: John Walters