Recruitment begins with Umaga in charge

With the appointment of Tana Umaga as Head Coach in late December, Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union has confirmed a number of player signings as they continue work on their recruitment process.

New Zealand Sevens captain and Steelers’ Defence player of the year, DJ Forbes has re-signed with the Steelers and is looking forward to his season ahead.  “I really enjoyed the Steelers environment and working with the management team and the young talent that we have at Counties Manukau which is why I chose to stay there” said Forbes.

Other signings include Chiefs wider training group members Ronald Raymakers, August Pulu and former Chiefs halfback David Bason.  In the front row, mobile and international prop Simon Lemalu, along with young prop Peter Hale have re-committed to the South Auckland Union as have talented winger Ashee Tuala.

Blues player Sherwin Stowers and Steelers team mates, Jamie Chipman, Baden Kerr and Ray Lee-lo remain on existing contracts with CMRFU.

Tana Umaga said “It is important to retain our core group, which we are currently working on but if this year’s Counties Power Club rugby season is anything like last years one, we will see plenty of talent coming through our clubs.

There are opportunities for players to earn a place in the Steelers by performing well for their clubs so I am looking forward to seeing that on displayed through out our club rugby season”.