Taranaki (Mitre 10 Cup)

Taranaki (often known as the Taranaki Bulls) are a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Established in 1976, they play in the Mitre 10 Cup, the provincial tournament in New Zealand. They play their home games at TET Stadium & Events Centre in Inglewood in the Taranaki region. The team is affiliated with the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise. Their home playing colours are yellow and black.

Taranaki
Taranaki bulls logo.png
UnionTaranaki Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Bulls
Founded1976; 45 years ago (1976)
LocationNew Plymouth, New Zealand
Ground(s)TET Stadium & Events Centre (Capacity: 25,500)
CEOLaurence Corlett[1]
Coach(es)Willie Rickards
Captain(s)Mitchell Brown
League(s)Mitre 10 Cup
20204th, Championship Division
Playoffs: Losing semi-finalists
Team kit
Official website
www.trfu.co.nz

Current squadEdit

The Taranaki Bulls squad for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup is:[2][3]

Taranaki Bulls squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose forwards

Half-backs (Scrum-halves)

First five-eighths (Fly-halves)

Midfielders (Centres)

Outside backs

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, INJ denotes a injured squad player, REP denotes a replacement squad player.
  1. ^ Jarrad Hoeata was not included in the original Taranaki squad, but was named in the side for Round 10.[4]
  2. ^ Featherstone was not included in the original Taranaki squad, but was named in the side for the semi-final.[5]
  3. ^ Shaan Waite was not included in the original Taranaki squad, but was named in the side for Round 10.[4]
  4. ^ Rona was not included in the original Taranaki squad, but was named in the side for Round 10.[4]
  5. ^ Naholo was included in the original Taranaki squad, but subsequently suffered a season ending injury

HonoursEdit

Taranaki have been overall Champions once, winning the title in 2014. Their full list of honours include:[6][7]

National Provincial Championship Second Division North Island
  • Winners: 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984
National Provincial Championship Second Division
  • Winners: 1985, 1992, 1995
ITM Cup Premiership Division
  • Winners: 2014

Current Super Rugby playersEdit

Players named in the 2020 Taranaki Bulls squad, who also earned contracts or were named in a squad for any side participating in the 2020 Super Rugby season.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Player Team
Beauden Barrett Blues
Jordie Barrett Hurricanes
Scott Barrett Crusaders
Lachlan Boshier Chiefs
Mitchell Brown Chiefs
Tom Florence Highlanders
Ben May Hurricanes
Lisati Milo-Harris Chiefs
Kini Naholo Chiefs
Reuben O'Neill Chiefs
Stephen Perofeta Blues
Ricky Riccitelli Hurricanes
Bradley Slater Chiefs
Pita Gus Sowakula Chiefs
Tupou Vaa'i Chiefs
Sean Wainui Chiefs
Teihorangi Walden Highlanders

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TRFU Staff". Taranaki Rugby. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Mitre 10 Cup Preview: Taranaki (2020)". Mitre 10 Cup. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Player Profiles". Taranaki Bulls. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Boshier to play Yarrows Taranaki blazer game". Taranaki Rugby. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Injuries hammer Bulls ahead of semifinal clash with Hawke's Bay". Stuff.co.nz. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  6. ^ "National Provincial Championship winners, 1976–2014". Te Ara. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Mitre 10 Cup". Rugby Heartland. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Hard work edict for Blues 2020 squad" (Press release). Blues. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Hurricanes unveil 2020 roster" (Press release). Hurricanes. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Crusaders announce new-look 2020 Investec Super Rugby squad" (Press release). Crusaders. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  11. ^ "2020 Gallagher Chiefs Squad Announced" (Press release). Chiefs. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Pulse Energy Highlanders named to take on Hurricanes in final round". Highlanders (Press release). 13 August 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Adam Thomson joins replacement players" (Press release). Chiefs. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Highlanders Reveal Refreshed Squad for 2020" (Press release). Highlanders. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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