Seven Wellington debutants have been included to meet the Manawatu Turbos on Friday night in Palmerston North. Returning from overseas, Ross Filipo will also run out for his first competition match in New Zealand in four years whilst also reaching the milestone of 50 caps for the province.
Those on their debut for Wellington against the Turbos this week will include four in the starting 15 – tighthead prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen, number eight Ardie Savea, first five-eight Tim Bateman and wing Matt Proctor. On the reserves bench, Lua Lokotui, Kayne Hammington and Genesis Mamea will all make their Wellington debuts if they take the field.
Team management will name their last player in the number 22 jersey closer to the match.
Kick off this Friday is at 6.05pm at FMG Stadium in Palmertson North.
The Ricoh Wellington Lions line-up is as follows:
1. Reggie Goodes Poneke
2. Dane Coles Poneke
3. Jeff Toomaga-Allen Marist St Pats
4. Jeremy Thrush (c) Hutt Old Boys Marist
5. Ross Filipo Petone
6. Mark Reddish Oriental-Rongotai
7. Scott Fuglistaller Wests Roosters
8. Ardie Savea Oriental-Rongotai
9. Frae Wilson Wainuiomata
10. Tim Bateman Old Boys University
11. Matt Proctor Oriental-Rongotai
12. Shaun Treeby Tawa
13. Charlie Ngatai Poneke
14. Alapati Leiua Norths
15. Jason Woodward Upper Hutt
16. Motu Matu’u Oriental-Rongotai
17. Arden David-Perrot Marist St Pats
18. Whetu Henry Oriental-Rongotai
19. Lua Lokotui Marist St Pats
20. Kayne Hammington Upper Hutt
21. Genesis Mamea Wainuiomata
22. TBC –