NZ name Super Rugby squads

2011-11-02 09:00

Cape Town - New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises have named their squads for the 2012 Super Rugby season, introducing 28 new players to the tournament in the reshuffled squads named on Wednesday.

Blues squad and player profiles

Chiefs squad and player profiles

Crusaders squad and player profiles

Highlanders squad and player profiles

Hurricanes squad and player profiles

The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders all have familiar faces, with a total of 153 contracted players spread across the five squads, with 14 players crossing over to other franchises.

A number of Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks have managed to change franchise colours for the 2012 season.

The Blues will welcome duo Piri Weepu and Ma'a Nonu who both played for the Hurricanes in the 2011 tournament, while the Chiefs will gain Sonny Bill Williams and Aaron Cruden who played for the Crusaders and Hurricanes respectively.

The Highlanders will be boosted by the addition of another former Hurricanes duo of Andrew Hore and Hosea Gear.

The Hurricanes have lost the most of the current All Blacks squad with a total of five players moving on to greener pastures.

The likes of Tusi Pisi, Tamati Ellison, Tim Bateman, Ross Kennedy and Rudi Wulf all return from overseas to make their re-entry to the Super Rugby stage next year.

“These five Super Rugby teams are the strongest and most exciting we have ever seen straight off the back of a Rugby World Cup year. It’s reassuring that while some of our senior players are taking the next phase of their rugby careers offshore - the depth of talent available to Super Rugby selectors this year has been impressive,”  NZRU General Manager Professional Rugby, Neil Sorensen told the website.

Pisi, along with Samoan countrymen, Mahonri Schwalger and Kane Thompson will be joined by England’s James Haskell and Sona Taumalolo from Tonga as the five foreigners who took part at the recent World Cup, to join up with New Zealand Super Rugby franchises.

“The full transition to the new franchise contracting structure has again delivered an outstanding set of competitive, exciting and dynamic New Zealand Super Rugby teams.

“For many New Zealanders, being involved in rugby has been an amazing experience in a Rugby World Cup winning year. With such a fantastic line up of teams from the New Zealand franchises, I am sure they will bring something special to the 2012 Super Rugby season,” added Sorensen.

The full list of squads is as follows:

Gareth Anscombe, Anthony Boric, Daniel Braid, Luke Braid, Charlie Faumuina, Michael Hobbs, Jerome Kaino, Chris Lowrey, Tevita Mailau, Pauliasi Manu, Alby Mathewson, Tom McCartney, Keven Mealamu, Brad Mika, George Moala, Liaki Moli, Lachie Munro, Ma’a Nonu, Filo Paulo, David Raikuna, Rene Ranger, Peter Saili, Benson Stanley, Sherwin Stowers, Angus Ta’avao, Isaia Toeava, Piri Weepu, Ali Williams, Tony Woodcock, Rudi Wulf

Ben Afeaki, Alex Bradley, Sam Cane, Craig Clarke, Shane Cleaver, Aaron Cruden, Hika Elliot, Mike Fitzgerald, Romana Graham, Andrew Horrell, Richard Kahui, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tanerau Latimer, Fritz Lee, Brendon Leonard, Lelia Masaga, Liam Messam, Tim Nanai-Williams, Maritino Nemani, Declan O’Donnell, Brodie Retallick, Robbie Robinson, Mahonri Schwalger, Toby Smith, Ben Tameifuna, Sona Taumalolo, Kane Thompson, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Scott Waldrom, Sonny Bill Williams, Jackson Willison

Nicholas Barrett, Tyler Bleyendaal, Daniel Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Tom Donnelly, Andy Ellis, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Robbie Fruean, Ben Funnell, Zac Guildford, Willi Heinz, Ross Kennedy, Quentin MacDonald, Sean Maitland, Tom Marshall, Richie McCaw, Patrick Osborne, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Tom Taylor, Matt Todd, Joe Wheeler, Sam Whitelock, George Whitelock, Adam Whitelock, Luke Whitelock

Kurt Baker, Josh Bekhuis, Jimmy Cowan, Nick Crosswell, Elliot Dixon, Tamati Ellison, Ma’afu Fia, Hosea Gear, John Hardie, James Haskell, Jarrad Hoeata, Andrew Hore, Chris King, Kendrick Lynn, Jamie Mackintosh, Nasi Manu, Bronson Murray, Chris Noakes, Siale Piutau, Kade Poki, Culum Retallick, Jason Rutledge, Colin Slade, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Adam Thomson, Doug Tietjens, Shaun Treeby, Telusa Veainu

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Beauden Barrett, Tim Bateman, Michael Bent, James Broadhurst, Richard Buckman, Dane Coles, Jason Eaton, Chris Eaton, Reggie Goodes, David Hall, Jayden Hayward, Cory Jane, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Jack Lam, Alapati Leiua, Faifili Levave, Karl Lowe, Motu Matu’u, Ben May, Tristan Moran, Charlie Ngatai, TJ Perenara, Tusi Pisi, Mark Reddish, Julian Savea, Brad Shields, Conrad Smith, Chris Smylie, Andre Taylor, Jeremy Thrush, Victor Vito


  • AcidBlade - 2011-11-02 09:51

    Some decent squads lining up here. The World Cup Victory can only serve as much more motivation for these players who are all hungry for success!! South African franchises is still blaming old Bryce Lawrence.....

      roboman1 - 2011-11-02 10:23

      The Bryce Lawrence Cup, not the William Webb Ellis trophy. And acidic blade, do not worry, the SA teams will be up there this year as has been the case in recent history. Reds from Aus won this year and before that was SA for 2 years

      AcidBlade - 2011-11-02 10:36

      And in 2003 it was the Wayne Barnes Cup. Its strange how the cup changes its name everytime the Boks get eliminated.....

      Bigrp - 2011-11-02 10:40

      No idiot, it changed to the Wayne Barnes Cup in 2007 when the AB's were eliminated...if you want to make controversial statements, please make sure you have your fact straight!

  • Te - 2011-11-02 10:26

    Canes look weak, Chiefs not too bad.

  • benjaminvanstaden - 2011-11-02 10:53

    The Kiwi's looked at themselves after the 2007 exit. So did we after the 2003 kamp staaldraad issues. You can blame the ref all you want, but at the end of the day it's about who gets up from their disappointment first and gets on with life (and rugby)...

  • Christelle - 2011-11-02 10:55

    Doesn't matter ... they are all going to get thumped by the LIONS!!!

  • EJ - 2011-11-02 13:36

    Canes look like the weakest of all NZ teams. A lot of newbies. Its no suprise as they have a NZ version on PDV as thier coach.

  • Kate - 2011-11-02 23:49

    Great to see Tim Bateman back. A shame it wasn't for Crusaders but he'll be great for the Canes.

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