Volcanix season underway with home game v Otago
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
- Jay Jay Taylor
- Luka Connor
- Santo Taumata
- Brooklyn Teki-Joyce
- Kelsie Wills**
- Kendra Reynolds (Co-C)
- Les Elder (Co-C)
- Natalie Delamere
- Kanyon Paul
- Kiki Tahere
- Grace Parata-Stewart
- Shakira Baker
- Mahina Paul
- Alena Saili
- Kalyn Takitimu-Cook
- Te Urupounamu McGarvey
- Sereana Naqarase
- Kurarauringa Waller
- Jessie Wharekura
- Tynealle Fitzgerald
- Payton Takimoana*
- Mererangi Paul
- Olivia Richardson
*Denotes Volcanix Debut
**Denotes Volcanix Blazer Game (15 games)