Timmins in extended squad for Tall Blacks’ Asia Cup tournament

Sam Timmins in action for the Nuggets against the Wellington Saints at the Edgar Centre in May....
Sam Timmins in action for the Nuggets against the Wellington Saints at the Edgar Centre in May. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Sam Timmins has been included in the extended Tall Blacks Asia Cup squad.

The Otago Nuggets star centre was among the 24-man group.

The squad will be cut to 12 before it travels to the tournament, which runs from July 12-24 in Indonesia.

If he were to make it — for which he should have a good chance — he will likely miss at least four games through the period.

He was one of five centres included in the squad.

Former Nugget Jordan Hunt is among them, as is Tai Wynyard, Tohi-Smith-Milner and Mike Karena.

Two Otago-produced guards — Richie Rodger and Joe Cook-Green — are among the group, too.

They are part of a guard contingent which also includes Jayden Bezzant, Taylor Britt, Flynn Cameron, Taine Murray and Kruz Perrott-Hunt.

In the forward line-up former Nuggets trio Jordan Ngatai, Kane Keil and Akiva McBirney-Griffin are all present.

That group is rounded out by Max Darling, Isaac Davidson, Taki Fahrensohn, Dan Fotu, Tafara Gapare, Ben Gold, Dom Kelman-Poto, Sam Mennenga and Taane Samuel.

The squad will assemble in Auckland for a training camp in early July.

The Tall Blacks open their Asia Cup campaign on July 13 against India, and also have Lebanon and the Philippines in their pool.

TALL BLACKS

Asia Cup extended squad

Guards: Jayden Bezzant, Taylor Britt, Joe Cook-Green, Flynn Cameron, Taine Murray, Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Richie Rodger

Forwards: Max Darling, Isaac Davidson, Taki Fahrensohn, Daniel Fotu*, Tafara Gapare, Benjamin Gold, Kane Keil, Dominique Kelman-Poto, Akiva McBirney-Griffin, Sam Mennenga, Jordan Ngatai, Taane Samuel

Centres: Jordan Hunt, Michael Karena, Tohi Smith-Milner, Sam Timmins, Tai Wynyard

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