Volcanix season underway with home game v Otago

Kick-off is from 2.35 pm on Saturday 18 at Blake Park and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 2. Image: BOP Rugby.

The Volcanix 2021 campaign restarts today as they prepare to face Otago at Blake Park.

After a lengthy period of no rugby, the players finally got a chance to get back to training last week in what has been a quick turnaround in preparation for this weekend.

"We have just tried to respect that everyone deals with things differently," says Volcanix Head Coach Rodney Gibbs.

"Being able to get back to rugby is a good way of bringing people back together.

"The players are keen to get back out on the field and play some footy."

The team set to take to the park includes some notable milestones, including Kelsie Wills' Blazer game. It is the second blazer game of the season and achieved by representing the Volcanix for 15 caps.

Payton Takimoana also prepares to make her Volcanix debut, while Olympic 7's gold medallist Alena Saili makes her much-anticipated return to the starting line-up.

Under COVID19 level 2 restrictions the match will be played with a strict no crowd policy for health and safety purposes.

Kick-off is from 2.35 pm on Saturday 18 and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 2.

The game day programme can be viewed online by clicking here.

Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Otago Spirit

  1. Jay Jay Taylor
  2. Luka Connor
  3. Santo Taumata
  4. Brooklyn Teki-Joyce
  5. Kelsie Wills**
  6. Kendra Reynolds (Co-C)
  7. Les Elder (Co-C)
  8. Natalie Delamere
  9. Kanyon Paul
  10. Kiki Tahere
  11. Grace Parata-Stewart
  12. Shakira Baker
  13. Mahina Paul
  14. Alena Saili
  15. Kalyn Takitimu-Cook
  16. Te Urupounamu McGarvey
  17. Sereana Naqarase
  18. Kurarauringa Waller
  19. Jessie Wharekura
  20. Tynealle Fitzgerald
  21. Payton Takimoana*
  22. Mererangi Paul
  23. Olivia Richardson

*Denotes Volcanix Debut
**Denotes Volcanix Blazer Game (15 games)


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