Otago names strong squad for 2021 season

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Otago Head Coach Tom Donnelly said, “We believe we have chosen a strong squad from our local grassroots talent pool. We take pride in the fact that all players are affiliated to a local rugby club in Otago. We welcome in several potential debutants: Jermaine Ainsley, Viliami Fine, Nathan Hastie, Fabian Holland, Raymond Nu’u, Cameron Millar, Abraham Pole and Tevita Pole. We are looking forward to seeing these players put on the Golden O for the first time. We are also pretty pumped to see multiple returning players come back into the mix this season, including Otago veteran Matt Faddes from Balclutha”.

Otago will play two preseason fixtures. One against Southland at Eastern RFC in Waikouaiti on Friday 23rd July at 2:05pm. This game will be played during the school holiday period, which is a great opportunity for kids to come and watch. The second preseason game is against Canterbury on Thursday 29th July at Alpine Energy Stadium in Timaru at 2:05pm.

The Bunnings Warehouse NPC is set to begin the weekend of Friday 6th August. Otago plays their first home game against Southland at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 7th August at 4:35pm. The match day theme is Club Round, so we encourage all our supporters to wear their club jerseys to the game.



The Otago 2021 squad is:

Jermaine Ainsley* (Alhambra-Union) - PROP
Jonah Aoina (Kaikorai) -  PROP
James Arscott (Green Island) - INSIDE BACK
Henry Bell (Kaikorai) - HOOKER
George Bower (Harbour) - PROP
Liam Coltman (Alhambra-Union) - HOOKER
Josh Dickson Otago (University) - LOCK
Sef Fa’agase (Kaikorai) - PROP
Matt Faddes (Otago University) - OUTSIDE BACK
Viliami Fine* (Harbour) - OUTSIDE BACK
Sam Fischli (Taieri) - LOOSE FORWARD
Sam Gilbert (Green Island) - OUTSIDE BACK
Kayne Hammington (Zingari-Richmond) - INSIDE BACK
Nathan Hastie* (Harbour) - INSIDE BACK
Joshua Hill (Otago University) - LOCK
Josh Hohneck (Eastern) - PROP
Fabian Holland* (Dunedin) - LOCK
Josh Ioane (Southern) - INSIDE BACK
Ricky Jackson (Otago University) - HOOKER
Vilimoni Koroi (Alhambra-Union) - OUTSIDE BACK
Giovanni Leituala (Otago University) - MIDFIELD
James Lentjes © (Taieri) - LOOSE FORWARD
Christian Lio-Willie (Kaikorai) - LOOSE FORWARD
Slade McDowall (Kaikorai) - LOOSE FORWARD
Aleki Morris-Lome Harbour MIDFIELD
Jona Nareki (Alhambra-Union) - OUTSIDE BACK
Dylan Nel (Green Island) - LOOSE FORWARD
Raymond Nu’u* (Green Island) - MIDFIELD
Patelesio Tomkinson (Harbour) - MIDFIELD
Will Tucker (Kaikorai) - LOCK
Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Otago University) - MIDFIELD
Freedom Vahaakolo (Dunedin) - OUTSIDE BACK
Sean Withy (Otago University) - LOOSE FORWARD

Season ending injury: Saula Ma’u (Harbour). Assembling for injury and national team cover Abraham Pole* (Harbour), Tevita Pole* (Harbour) and Cameron Millar* (Taieri).

*Potential debut