Manawatu¯ Turbos captain ready to lead by example
Antonio Kiri Kiri will stamp his brand of leadership on the team as new captain of the Manawatu¯ Turbos.
Now with former captain Callum Gibbins gone, Antonio has made the jersey his own.
Antonio says he wants to lead by example with his style of leadership and open communication with the team is vital. “I like to talk a bit, but I also like to display a lot of leadership through effort and action.
“I want this team to be a winning team.
“We have prided ourselves on being the underdog for many years and now we want to have the winning attitude and that is something that I want to instil into the team culture,” said Antonio.
The 26-year-old flanker, who made his super rugby debut for the Blues earlier this year, is an old boy of Palmerston North Boys High School and will be playing his seventh season for the province.
He’s taking on the leadership with the side he’s played for since 2012. “I am pretty stoked. “I have played here a few years now and played under some pretty good captains as well, so to be in the same boat as those guys is unreal,” said Antonio.
After making his debut against Northland in 2012, Antonio quickly became a regular in the squad and has played 53 games for the team, making him the second most capped player in the squad behind Nick Crosswell.
FLANKER Antonio Kiri Kiri has the Turbos’ captaincy.