Former All Blacks linked to Counties-Manukau 04.10.05 1:00pm A couple of big names are being linked with the Counties-Manukau rugby team, ahead of next year's new-look NPC competition. The province has already revealed long time captain Errol Brain as assistant coach. Former All Blacks Isitolo Maka and Andrew Blowers are rumoured to be joining the province. It is a rumour that coach Kevin Putt will neither confirm nor deny. Putt says they are always working on new signings, and are hoping to make some further announcements in the next few weeks. Errol Brain is honoured to be a part of the province again, and he will join head coach Kevin Putt next season for their new NPC campaign in the first division. The long time provincial skipper says he was surprised to get the call and is delighted to be back, and is particularly looking forward to being a part of the changes after six or seven years away. Brain starts his new role in January and says he has already identified some areas on which the team needs to work, although he believes that with the current talent it will not be hard to make the changes. Brian says the basic talent in Counties is encouraging. --------------- ah yes..this is all looking to good as i have seen the young players in the counties team and they ARE AWESOME..but what they lack is guidance and leadership and straight up common sense!!..this will team will be one of the bloomers and one of the first lower ranked teams to get to the top4!!! isitolo maka..the original sione lauaki..cant wait to see him if hes back!