The next few months sees the return of grassroots provincial rugby to Waikato Stadium, with the 2015 ITM Cup kicking off this month.
The Waikato squad is cranking into top gear with pre-season preparations well underway and the Mooloo Men are all set for a crack at the ITM Cup Premiership which kicks off at Waikato Stadium against the Tasman Makos on Friday, August 14.
It promises to be an entertaining season at Waikato Stadium with the majority of Waikato’s talented playing roster returning, and new Waikato head coach Sean Botherway can’t wait to get the competition underway.
“All the players and team management have been working hard since the start of the year and we are looking forward to putting our plans into action.
“The team is excited to pull on the red, yellow and black jersey of this proud province and get out onto Waikato Stadium in front of the passionate Waikato fans.”
Waikato’s 2015 home schedule includes the season opener against last year’s ITM Cup Premiership finalists, Tasman, local derbies against Auckland and Counties Manukau, and cross-over games with Championship sides Southland and Wellington. So make sure you are there to watch your local provincial team compete in the world’s premier domestic rugby competition.
2015 Waikato ITM Cup squad:
Ben Tameifuna, Loni Uhila, Josh Hohneck, Atu Moli, Tau Koloamatangi, Hame Faiva, Michael Mayhew, Jacob Skeen, David Morgan, James Tucker, Whetu Douglas, Zane Kapeli, Liam Messam, Mitch Jacobson, Murray Iti, Josh Tyrell, Adam Burn, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Brad Weber, Harrison Levien, Damian McKenzie, Wharenui Hawera, Bryn Gatland, Dylan Collier, Jordan Payne, Anton Lienert-Brown, Chauncy Edwardson, Declan O’Donnell, Regan Ware, Joe Webber, Johnathan Malo, Shaun Stevenson.
Not considered due to injury: Brian Alainu’uese, Luke Katene.
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