Kelvin McDowell has joined existing New Plymouth Old Boys coach Michael Carr for the 2018 campaign. Despite missing out on last year’s top four, for the first time since 1991, the side has picked up several players.
Locks Topou Va’ai and Brad Tucker have joined Old Boys from Wesley College and have linked up with the Taranaki Academy. Thomas McElroy and Dean Stewart return to the squad and will provide plenty of options in the second row.
Former New Plymouth Boys High School loose forward Michael Loft has signed with Old Boys after a summer in the Taranaki sevens squad. The remainder of the forward pack will comprise of existing talent of Mitchell O’Neill, Blake Morgan, Hamish Alabaster and Brad Valentine.
In the backline, Emosi Masivou returns from a few years away from rugby and David Stark joins the club. The rest of the squad remains the same with Daniel Waite and Logan Rei to add excitement in the back line. Other new players have come from the Division 1 side.
Unfortunately for Old Boys will miss Willie McBride (injured), Jeremy Burton and Rick Fabish (retirement), Sione Ahokava and Patrick Stark (transfer) and Brooke Moses and Josh Rei (overseas).