Preview: Wellington v Manawatu

31st Aug 2013, 10:14

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Captain: Nick Crosswell

Captain: Nick Crosswell

Manawatu have rotated a number of players ahead of Sunday's away ITM Cup fixture against Premiership giants Wellington.

Manawatu have rotated a number of players ahead of Sunday's ITM Cup fixture against the Wellington Lions.

Sitting bottom of the Championship going into the meeting, the Turbos have handed flank Heiden Bedwell-Curtis his first start of the season.

Captain Nick Crosswell will slot in at lock while other Turbos making their first start for the year include Jared Brock and Newton Turdreu.

Hamish Northcott returns from injury and will line up wearing his preferred number twelve jersey. Fly-half Nate George also gets a run out.

Manawatu are of course without All Black half-back Aaron Smith and fly-half Aaron Cruden while Lima Sopoaga and Jason Emery are injured.

More to follow...

The teams:

Wellington: tbc

Manawatu: 15 Lewis Marshall, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Nico Malo, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Newton Tudreu, 10 Nate George, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 James Oliver, 7 Callum Gibbons, 6 Heiden Bedwell Curtis, 5 Michael FitzGerald, 4 Nick Crosswell (c), 3 Chris Eves, 2 Bryn Templeman, 1 Jared Brock.
Replacements: 16 Nick Grogan, 17 Damian Horgan, 18 Dan Squire, 19 Hamish Gosling, 20 Papa Wharewera, 21 Jade Te Rure, 22 Willie Paia'aua.

Referee: Matt O'Brien (Australia)