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Taufua starts for Counties

12th August 2014 07:18

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Number eight: Jordan Taufua

Jordan Taufua will make his debut for Counties Manukau when they kick-off the ITM Cup season against Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium on Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who last played for the province at U16 level, starts at number eight after making the switch from Canterbury in the off-season.

Prop Pauliasi Manu and flank Dan Hyatt will make their ITM Cup debut for the Steelers, as will Sione Anga'aelangi, Sean Bagshaw and Onosa'i Auva'a should they come onto the field from the bench.

Augustine Pulu will captain the side from scrum-half, with centre Tim Nanai-Williams missing out this week as he awaits the birth of his first child.

Counties Manukau: 15 Sherwin Stowers, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Sam Vaka, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Ahsee Tuala, 9 Augustine Pulu (c), 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Maama Vaipulu, 6 Dan Hyatt, 5 Jimmy Tupou, 4 Ronald Raaymakers, 3 Jarrod Firth, 2 Suliasi Taufalele, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Sione Anga'aelangi, 17 Sean Bagshaw, 18 Viliami Rarasea, 19 Onosa'i Auva'a, 20 Kane Hancy, 21 Baden Kerr, 22 Rey Lee-Lo.

Date: Thursday, August 14
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

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