Waiuku’s Ronald Raaymakers back with the Steelers

 The good news continues for the Counties Manukau Steelers as they confirm the re-signing of loose forward Ronald Raaymakers for the 2017 season.

The popular, uncompromising forward, who has built his reputation on his abrasive style of play and impressive work ethic, re-joins the Steelers after being kept on the side-lines due to a shoulder injury.

Steelers’ Head Coach Darryl Suasua said, “It is great to have Ronald back. He is a great addition to our forward pack with his hard-edge, no-nonsense manner and style of play.”

The 27-year-old dairy farmer from Waiuku has played for the Steelers 51 times, having previously represented Counties Manukau at the U20 level.

The former Blues, New Zealand U20s and U17s player returned to Counties after attending Sacred Heart College in Auckland where he played Auckland age-grade rugby.

The new father said, “This is where I have grown up, so any opportunity to play for Counties is awesome. It is great to be back. I didn’t think I would get back on the scene after my injury, so I am really stoked and will give it my best shot.”

Counties Manukau CEO Bart Hoggard said, “Ronald is another great addition to the Steelers. He is well respected by Counties supporters and we are all excited to see him back on the field.”

Raaymakers joins former teammates Tim Nanai-Williams, Baden Kerr and All Blacks captain Kieran Read as recent signings for the Steelers.

The Steelers will kick off their Mitre 10 Cup season at ECOLight Stadium on Saturday 19 August and will be proudly wearing PIC Insurance Brokers across the chest of their playing strip.

Kids 13 and under will be FREE on the South Auckland Motors’ embankment thanks to Pak n Save Pukekohe. Adult season tickets start from $50 for the South Auckland Motors’ embankment, and $50 for children and $100 for adults in the grandstand. Season memberships are available from www.steelers.co.nz or the union office, and there is a special Buy One Get One Free deal until Wednesday 31 May.


Ronald Raaymakers is taken to ground by Rhain Strang and Hunter Jack. Counties Manukau Premier Club Rugby game between Waiuku and Onewhero, played at Waiuku on Saturday May 27th 2017. Waiuku won the game 19 – 17 after trailing 11 -17 at halftime.
Photo by Richard Spranger.