A Wellington XV side meets a Taranaki Bulls squad at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui on Friday afternoon in a National Provincial Championship pre-season fixture.
Kick-off is 2.05pm in the river city. Taranaki rugby are live-streaming the match, with commentary.
The Wellington team will be playing a separate XV in each half, with lock-flanker Caleb Delany the only player playing both halves.
The match thus won’t have first-class status.
The naming of the Wellington Lions squad for the upcoming NPC is imminent. Their first NPC competition match is against the Northland Taniwha at Wellington on Saturday 7 August.
It is unclear if the players who’s clubs are still involved in the Jubilee and Hardham Cups will be suiting up for their clubs in the semi-finals on Saturday. We will find out when teamlists are named on Friday morning.
The Wellington players involved in this match are:
|First Half||Number||Second Half|
|Xavier Numia||1||Fraser Armstrong|
|Bruce Kauika-Petersen||2||Wiirangi Parata|
|Johnathon Fuimoano||3||Bradley Crichton|
|James Blackwell||4||Caleb Delany|
|Dominic Bird||5||Josh To’omaga|
|Caleb Delany||6||Sione Halalilo|
|Du’Plessis Kirifi||7||Sam Smith|
|Keelan Whitman||8||Dominic Ropeti|
|Connor Collins||9||Richard Judd|
|Brandyn Laursen||10||Malo Manuao|
|Pepesana Patafilo||11||Joseph Faleafaga|
|Peter Umaga-Jensen||12||Reon Paul|
|Vince Aso||13||Tomasi Alosio|
|Julian Savea||14||Roderick Solo|
|Wes Goosen||15||Sam Reid|