Manawatu¯ Tur­bos cap­tain ready to lead by ex­am­ple

Manawatu Guardian - - SERVICES DIRECTORY -

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.

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