Cooper changes final Taranaki preseason side

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 13:38 06/08/2014

Relevant offers

Rugby

Old friends Ian Foster and Warren Gatland square off in All Blacks June series Eddie Jones rips into English media for criticising George Ford after Wales victory Midfielder Charlie Ngatai re-signs with New Zealand Rugby and Chiefs for two more years Improved Christ's College ready for Christchurch Boys' High test Call for controls on marketing for sugary drinks featuring children's sporting heroes Sam Cane steps into major role in All Blacks as post-McCaw era launched St Pat's Town brace for rugby rivals from through the tunnel, and tricky weather George Moala called into All Blacks in place of Charlie Ngatai New Zealand's major codes pull together to stamp out racism and homophobia Super Rugby power rankings - week 14

Taranaki rugby coach Colin Cooper has made six changes to his side for their final preseason match against Auckland tomorrow.

With the majority of their Super Rugby players now available, Cooper has brought in Blues prop Angus Ta'avao, Hurricanes forwards James Broadhurst and Blade Thomson, as well as Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai and hooker Rhys Marshall for the match at Tikorangi.

While Ta'avao and Thomson came off the bench during Taranaki's 19-19 draw with Waikato last week, the remainder will be making their first appearances of the provincial season.

Several players remained sidelined with minor injuries, including Hurricanes halfback Chris Smylie and Highlanders outside back Kurt Baker.

The other change comes at prop where Mitchell Graham starts at loosehead.

James Marshall has again been named captain in the absence of Kane Barrett who has yet to receive a clearance because of ongoing concussion issues.

Taranaki open their national provincial championship campaign against Counties Manukau at Yarrow Stadium next week.

TARANAKI:  Jackson Ormond, Seta Tamanivalu, Charlie Ngatai, Waisake Naholo, Marty McKenzie, Jamison Gibson-Park, Blade Thomson, Doug Tietjens, Mitchell Crosswell, James Broadhurst, Riki Hoeata, Angus Ta'avao, Rhys Marshall, Mitchell Graham. Reserves: Timo Tutavaha, Sione Lea, Leighton Price, Berny Hall, Warwick Lahmert, Sean Wainui, Beaudein Waaka, Toa Halafihi, Iopu Iopu-Aso

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content