Steamers 2016

  • Okay, with a couple of months till the BOP season gets into gear, I'm just wondering the possible make up of the squad. The local press and BOPRU haven't been exactly forthcoming with  news on individual players
    Of the 36 players named on the BOPRU website from the 2016 team I figure there are at least 6 or 7 who won't be back :-
    Tim Bond off to Japan.
    Carl Axtens off to France.
    Brodie Retellick contracted back with Hawkes Bay.
    Jono Kitto off to The UK.
    Mike Kianga off to play for Taranaki.
    Van Dam headed down country apparently.
    Theres a few I am uncertain of though :-
    Bryn Uriarau hasn't fronted for Te Puke Sports this season and I understood has moved south but have heard stories about him being involved with Mount rugby.
    Callum Retallick is playing for the Rebels in super rugby and I am uncertain if he will be back.
    Nick Evemy hasn't played all season with a broken ankle but I assume he will be back.
    Tino Nemani is in France playing but apparently will be back at some stage.
    Troy Callender has been away overseas but is due back soon apparently.
    I am unsure what Whaimotu Craft Chemis, Craig Clare, Zak Hohnek or Papa Whareware are doing.
    All the remaining players listed from last year are either playing club rugby locally or are in the Chiefs or Chiefs development teams so I assume they are contracted to BOP or are available.
    So....Do any of you know what's happening with certain players ?
              Who do you think won't make it from last year's squad ?
              I know there are few new recruits been signed. Do any of you know of any potential players putting their hands up for selection ?

  • Bryn Uriarau hasn't fronted for Te Puke Sports this season and I understood has moved south but have heard stories about him being involved with Mount rugby.

    He is showing as registered at the Mt Maunganui Sports Club Inc as a Premier Grade player for 2016 if that is any help.
    Papa Wharewera is not registered for any club in New Zealand yet for 2016 so either he is not playing at all or is overseas playing somewhere. My access to the NZRFU Player Registration Database does not give my sufficient access to his record to see if an official clearance from the NZRFU has been issued allowing him to play overseas. Whaimotu Craft-Chemis is in exactly the same boat.
    Craig Clare is registered for 2016 at the Ruapehu Rugby Football and  Sports Club in Northern Wanganui.
    Nicholas Evemy is amongst the Tauranga Rugby Sports and Recreation Club Inc list of registered players for 2016 as from April 28 which is an indication that he might play at some stage. Zack Hohneck is in a similar situation at the Rotoiti Community and Sports Association Inc as of April 15.
    Culum Retallick is not registered with any club in New Zealand for 2016 as of the time of writing this so anyone wanting easy points would simply have to fire in a protest against any team he takes the field for and they points will be automatically awarded to them if this non registered status continues. Another Blues contracted player that I checked out of interest, Hoani Matenga, is also in the same boat. Playing unregistered players will certainly land them in a power of shit if anyone decides to take issue with that. There must be some nervous folks in the Blues front office if my quick search is proven to be accurate and news of it leaks out.
    I might even be tempted to let everyone know that Josh Bekhuis' last valid player registration was with the Star Club in 2015 and a transfer request to the College Rifles RFC for 2015 was subsequently declined.
    Billy-John Guyton would be another that might have trouble in the protest room should his right to legally take the field in 2016 be questioned. I wonder if a search for a current registration for Matt Duffie will have any success?
    I suspect that George Moala will cause the NZRFU severe embarrassment should he take the field against the Welsh given that, at the time of writing, he is ineligible to take the field for his Grammar-TEC club side as he is not registered with them (or anyone else for that matter).
    I would not be surprised if Lolagi Visinia has officially retired as the only registration for 2016 he carries at this stage is one as a Resource Coach with the Auckland RFU so that might explain his absence these last few weeks.
    Another wearing a coaches hat is Jack Ram who is listed as a coach at the Northland RFU academy for 2016 alongside his registration as a senior player at the Kamo Rugby and Squash Club.

  • carl should be back  , was a medical  joker and   was  gona be back for itm cup

  • Wow !! Good detective work there Higgins ! Absolutely fascinating on who is and isn't registered. It defies belief that such non-registrations could fly under the radar actually in today's world of professionalism and managers.
    Interesting what you say about Axtens CPT Kumara.
    All in all though the team should have a relatively settled look with possibly a few additions to plug the holes Lets look at the possibilities :-
    One prop...I'm not sure who they may have in mind. Liam Polwart is the only tight forward that I know of who has been signed on but he is a hooker.
    At least one (possibly two) locks)... I have no news on any possibilities
    Assuming Axtens returns then no extras are needed but several have been signed so expect possible changes.
    Henry Stowers....NZU20 loose forward from the Wellington academy whose been playing in the Chiefs development
    Mitch Karpik...Blonde loose forward poached from Auckland who is presently injured but was selected for the Chiefs
    Hayden Anderson...Played last year for Thames Valley at 6 and the Heartland team who is in the Chiefs development team.
    Eru Wanu.. Was on the fringe last year and I'm pretty sure is contracted.
    At least one halfback...Possibly Luke Campbell who has been bought up from Wellington after playing in the NZU20 who is a good back up goal kicker also.
    Possibly a few outside backs... A few options here.
    Monty Loane. Oddly contracted last year to BOP but loaned to Tasman. I think has played in the Chiefs development team this year.
    Isaac Te Aute  Fresh from school who has played in the NZ sevens 
    Joe Webber from last years Waikato team who is injured presently but is a regular with The NZ sevens team.
    Teddy Stanoway. A vice captain of the Steamers a couple of years back but got concussed so had little game time Presently in the NZ sevens te
    I have no doubt there are other contenders floating about. The final selection will be interesting as always.

  • im sure pingi and   ziggy will be back..

  • carl had his 1st  game for the  top side  toulouse against  grenoble the other  day  and they won , in  grenoble  was tino nemani

  • Bardoul is out for a while which is a worry, Tiatia also injured and hence not in the frame for Chiefs v Wales. Monty Ioane called into the Chiefs squad as cover for Glen Fish whose season is over.

  • whaimotu is in australia i think so  most probably  not  coming back

  • good to see kelly  back

  • Is this guy any good?

    I have never heard of him so hopefully someone from the Mafia can give us their opinion of whether he is any good or not. Although he has played an international for Scotland is he capable of making a decent impression at Mitre10 Cup level?

  • Is this guy any good?

    I have never heard of him so hopefully someone from the Mafia can give us their opinion of whether he is any good or not. Although he has played an international for Scotland is he capable of making a decent impression at Mitre10 Cup level?

    No idea Higgins. A quick google says that he played most of his early years for Waikato and then moved to Scotland at a young age but he must have some ability to play at international level. Experience is always good so hopefully a smart signing. With Stowers and Anderson already signed it seems our loose forward stocks are looking good.Actually plenty of speed and experience being recruited in the backs also :-
    Now all we need is some meaty tight forwards. With the team officially announced in the next week or so things are beginning to get interesting.

  • I  think carl  has signed to extend his stint in france, was only  a short  term, but  good  on him, hes gone to a good  club

  • Team named Sunday or Monday this week. Seems like we have signed a heap of 7s exponents - shame that isn't the format we'll be playing! Having said that, forwards hasn't been our issue the last couple of seasons, maybe our backs will look a little more cohesive. Any word on whether Callum Retallick is returning?

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  • Steamers Squad - the full press release

    2016 Steamers Team Announced July 23, 2016

    The Bay of Plenty Steamers management today have named their 2016 squad for the upcoming 2016 Mitre 10 Cup season.
    Head coach Clayton McMillan believes they have assembled a squad with a good blend of enthusiastic debutants and experience, with 24 capped players in the team.
    “We’ve selected an outstanding group of men, hardworking, competitive, and highly motivated to perform.”
    “The fourteen new faces, will give us an exciting blend of youth and experience and importantly, depth throughout,” said McMillan.
    There are 24 players returning to the Steamers which include Italian international Kelly Haimona and New Zealand All Black sevens player Teddy Stanaway.
    The fourteen new players who have been selected in the Steamers squad will be expected to make their Mitre 10 Cup debut this season.  Including four international sevens players’, Joe Webber, Regan Ware, Isaac Te Aute and Hugh Blake.
    Within the 37 man squad ten of the twelve premier club sides are represented from across the Bay of Plenty.
    “This team represents our region. The quality of club rugby has improved, and as a result, we have a competiton that’s going down to the wire and brought a lot of excitement back to our club scene. The by product of that is more players have been given an opportunity to shine, and this is reflected in the final squad”
    “The team understand the demands and challenges ahead, but have prepared accordingly and are ready to meet those challenges head on.
    “We are not a team of household names but are determined to create a legacy of success, bring some mana back to the jersey, and earn the respect of our supporters and stakeholders by playing a brand of rugby synonymous with the Bay of Plenty.”
    Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s CEO Mike Rogers said “The Mitre 10 Cup is the toughest provincial rugby competition in the world and every year it throws up some amazing new young talent. The tradition and pride associated with representing your community is hugely important to everyone involved.
    The Bay of Plenty is a fantastic region and we are determined to show the rest of the Country how proud we are of the Bay.”
     2016 Bay of Plenty Steamers Squad:Hookers:
    Nathan Harris – Te Puke Sports (26), Liam Polwart* – Greerton Marist, Joseph Royal – Rotoiti (29), Sabastian Siataga –  Mount Maunganui (8)
    Siegfried Fisi'ihoi – Rotoiti (18), Jordan Lay* – Whakarewarewa, Aidan Ross – Te Puke Sports (3), Solomona Sakalia – Mount Maunganui (19), Pingi Tala'apitaga – Tauranga Sports (34), Jeff Thwaites – Te Puna (6)
    Troy Callander â€“ Greerton Marist (7), Shahn Eru – Te Puna (7), Keepa Mewett – Tauranga Sports (17), Culum Retallick – Tauranga Sports (92)
     Loose Forwards:
    Matty Axtens* – Mount Maunganui, Hugh Blake* – Te Puke Sports, Sam Cane – Tauranga Sports (18), Mitchell Karpik* – Mount Maunganui, Jesse Parete* – Arataki, Henry Stowers* – Arataki, Eru Wano-Smith* – Whakarewarewa, Joe Tupe – Greerton Marist (23)
     Half backs:
    Luke Campbell* – Te Puke Sports, Ruki Tipuna – Rangataua (12), Te Aihe Toma – Te Puna (25)
     First five-eights:
    Kelly Haimona –  Whakarewarewa (15), Dan Hollinshead – Te Puke Sports (19)
     Midfield backs:
    Lalakai Foketi – Rangataua (10), Terrence Hepetema – Te Puna (1), Teddy Stanaway – Mount Maunganui (1), Joe Webber* – Te Puke Sports
     Outside backs:
    Te Rangi Fraser – Whakarewarewa (10), Monty Ioane* – Greerton Marist, Elijah Nicholas – Whakatane Marist (6), Chase Tiatia – Rangataua (11), Isaac Te Aute* –  Mount Maunganui, Regan Ware* –  Arataki
     Injury Cover:
    Leigh Hughes* – Mount Maunganui
     Steamers Management:
    Head Coach: Clayton McMillan
    Assistant Coach: Rodney Gibbs
    Assistant Coach: David Hill
    Manager: Wayne Brill
    Strength and Conditioning Trainer: Brad Mayo
    Physiotherapist: Damian Banks
    Assistant Physiotherapist: Corey Stunell
    Doctor: Turuki Tahuri
    Video Analyst: Mark Roberts
    *Denotes Steamers debut
    () Denotes Steamers caps
     Bay of Plenty’s Pre-Season Draw:
    Steamers vs. Northland: Rugby Park, Whakatane – Friday 5th August, 3.00pm
    Steamers vs. Auckland: To be confirmed, Auckland – Friday 13th August, to be confirmed
     Bay of Plenty’s draw for the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup:
     Week 1: Steamers vs Taranaki at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 20 August, 2.35pm
     Week 2: Steamers vs Counties Manukau at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe – Sunday 28 August, 4.35pm
     Week 3: Steamers vs Otago at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Sunday 4 September, 2.35pm
     Week 4: Steamers vs Northland at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Friday 9 September, 5.45pm
     Week 5: Steamers vs Wellington at Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Friday 16 September, 7.35pm
     Week 6: Steamers vs Southland at Rugby Park, Invercargill – Wednesday 21 September, 7.35pm
     Week 6: Steamers vs Auckland at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Sunday 25 September, 4.35pm
     Week 7: Steamers vs North Harbour at QBE Stadium, Albany – Saturday 1 October, 2.35pm
     Week 8: Steamers vs Manawatu at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Sunday 9 October, 4.35pm
     Week 9: Steamers vs Hawkes Bay at McLean Park, Napier – Saturday 15 October, 5.35pm
     Semifinals: Friday 21 October – Sunday 23 October
     Finals: Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October
    Adults $15
    Children Under 14: $5
    Children Under 5: Free
     Mitre 10 Cup:
    Adults: $20
    Children Under 14: $5
    *Note: Additional Booking fees apply for all ticket purchases.
    Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
    52 Miro Street
    Mount Maunganui
    Rotorua Convention Centre
    1170 Fenton St

  • Wow ! Some big surprises there for sure.
    No Nemani or Bardoul ! Easily our best players from last year not returning ! I'm assuming there's an obvious reason but I would have thought they would have been the first to be selected. No Hohneck, Hall and Evemy either.
    The return of 33 year old Ruki Tipuna. If my memory serves me right he was in the 04 shield challenge. Retalleck's return less surprising although one wonders how long his creaky old body will last.
    Four hookers (and one as injury cover) seems a bit of an overkill. I would have thought we need more injury cover at lock.
    All in all though, there's plenty of familiar faces and plenty of added speed in the backs  so lets wait and see.

  • The return of 33 year old Ruki Tipuna. If my memory serves me right he was in the 04 shield challenge. Retalleck's return less surprising although one wonders how long his creaky old body will last.

    He wasn't in the XV that won it (Senio was) but was definitely playing when they lost it to Canterbury.

  • so  whos gone from last year.tim bond,zak hohneck,.craig clare,mike kainga, johan bardoul.,whaimotu craft chemis,tino nemani.caleb hall,carl axtens,nick evenmy,papa wharewere.jono kitto,leroy van dam,bryn uriarau and Brodie rettalick.
    any1 else
    oh and  keith Roberts?

  • That looks about right Cpt Kumara. It does seem a lot of departures from a squad of 35-36 but its in line with the culling that went on last year.
    On paper it looks a pretty inexperienced outfit when you look at the number of Super 15 players and the number of BOP caps but I rate some of the new faces so I'm hoping for (at least) an improvement from last year......

  • Isn't Nemani still in France? I believe Bardoul is Japan bound.
    Squad looks good - a lot of hookers, but I assume now that Coles is injured, Harris will be required for the ABs (would have been anyway). Very light on locks, but only Retallick was involved in Super - and that was very sparingly. Maybe the loosies can cover somewhat - but I don't see a lot of height anywhere there.
    Young backline, but if we have some intent, we'll go well. Lacking perhaps a General, but maybe Haimona will take this role. I didn't see it when he played for Italy, but Parisse tended to hog everything. Would have liked to see Evemy in the centres somewhere...
    Bring on the season!

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