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NZ & MP 2022 Super Rugby Pacific Squads

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George Gregan (70)
Blues:

Hookers: Kurt Eklund, Soane Vikena, Ricky Riccitelli. Props: Alex Hodgman, Jordan Lay, Ofa Tuungafasi, Marcel Renata, Nepo Laulala, Karl Tu’inukuafe. Locks: James Tucker, Josh Goodhue, Sam Darry, Luke Romano. Loose forwards: Taine Plumtree, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Anton Segner, Hoskins Sotutu, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat. Halfbacks: Finlay Christie, Sam Nock, Taufa Funaki. First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta. Midfielders: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Tanielu Tele’a, Rieko Ioane, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua. Outside backs: Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Zarn Sullivan.

Unavailable due to injury: James Lay.

Chiefs:

Hookers: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Bradley Slater, Tyrone Thompson. Props: Aidan Ross, Atunaisa Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Ollie Norris, Sione Mafileo, Reuben O’Neill. Locks: Tupou Vaa’i, Brodie Retallick, Laghlan McWhannell, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Josh Lord. Loose forwards: Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Simon Parker, Pita Gus Sowakula, Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau. Halfbacks: Brad Weber, Xavier Roe, Cortez Ratima. First five-eighths: Bryn Gatland, Kaleb Trask, Josh Ioane. Midfielders: Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi, Gideon Wrampling. Outside backs: Jonah Lowe, Emoni Narawa, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Chase Tiatia, Shaun Stevenson, Rivez Reihana.

Hurricanes:

Hookers: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, James O’Reilly. Props: Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Xavier Numia, Tyrel Lomax, Pasilio Tosi, Pouri Rakete-Stones. Locks: James Blackwell, Dom Bird, Scott Scrafton, Justin Sangster. Loose forwards: Brayden Iose, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea, Tyler Laubscher, Devan Flanders, Caleb Delany, TK Howden. Halfbacks: Jamie Booth, TJ Perenara, Cam Roigard. First five-eighths: Aidan Morgan, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Ruben Love. Midfielders: Teihorangi Walden, Billy Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan. Outside backs: Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Pepesana Patafilo, Salesi Rayasi, Wes Goosen, Josh Moorby.

Unavailable due to injury: Owen Franks, Isaia Walker-Leawere.
 

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George Gregan (70)
Crusaders:

Hookers: Codie Taylor, Brodie McAlister, Shilo Klein. Props: Joe Moody, Oli Jager, Fletcher Newell, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Finlay Brewis. Locks: Scott Barrett, Quentin Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Zach Gallagher. Loose forwards: Tom Christie, Ethan Blackadder, Sione Havili Talitui, Cullen Grace, Pablo Matera, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow. Halfbacks: Mitch Drummond, Bryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi. First five-eighths: Richie Mo’unga, Simon Hickey, Fergus Burke. Midfielders: Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Isaiah Punivai, Dallas McLeod. Outside backs: Chay Fihaki, George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Kini Naholo.

Highlanders:

Hookers: Liam Coltman, Rhys Marshall, Andrew Makalio. Props: Ayden Johnstone, Jeff Thwaites, Ethan de Groot, Jermaine Ainsley, Josh Hohneck, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Ma’u. Locks: Maanaki Selby-Rickit, Josh Dickson, Bryn Evans, Max Hicks, Sam Caird. Loose forwards: James Lentjes, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Shannon Frizell, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Gareth Evans, Sean Withy. Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Folau Fakatava, Kayne Hammington. First five-eighths: Marty Banks, Mitchell Hunt. Midfielders: Fetuli Paea, Patelesio Tomkinson, Solomon Alaimalo, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ngatungane Punivai, Scott Gregory. Outside backs: Connor Garden-Bachop, Mosese Dawai, Vilimoni Koroi, Sam Gilbert, Josh Timu.

Unavailable due to injury: Jona Nareki, Pari Pari Parkinson.

Moana Pasifika:

Hookers: Ray Niuia, Sam Moli, Luteru Tolai. Props: Sekope Kepu, Isileli Tuungafasi, Joe Apikatoa, Tau Koloamatangi, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Chris Apoua. Locks: Don Lolo, Mike McKee, Veikoso Poliniati, Alex McRobbie. Loose forwards: Henry Stowers, Jack Lam, Sione Tuipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Penitoa Finau, Lotu Inisi, Sam Slade, Alamanda Motuga. Halfbacks: Ereatara Enari, Jonathan Taumateine, Manu Paea. First five-eighths: Christian Lealifano, Lincoln McClutchie, William Havili. Midfielders: Levi Aumua, Danny Toala, Henry Taefu, Fine Inisi. Outside backs: Lolagi Visinia, Neria Fomai, Tomasi Alosio, Solomone Kata, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tima Fainga'anuku, Anzelo Tuituvuki.
 

KiwiM

Dave Cowper (27)
RTS to play midfield for the Blues.

I have doubts whether that is his best spot but time will tell - of the two midfield options I think he could better suited to 13 than 12 (think Perese).
 

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
RTS to play midfield for the Blues.

I have doubts whether that is his best spot but time will tell - of the two midfield options I think he could better suited to 13 than 12 (think Perese).
Be intersting to see where he plays Kiwi, I must admit never seen him play as I don't watch league, but would be interesting to see f he struck up a good partnership with Reiko and where it took them.
 

KiwiM

Dave Cowper (27)
Be intersting to see where he plays Kiwi, I must admit never seen him play as I don't watch league, but would be interesting to see f he struck up a good partnership with Reiko and where it took them.

To me he's a bit on the small side to play 12 from an AB point of view - he could get away with it at Super - but i'd rather he play a position in Super that they see him playing at test level.
 

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
To me he's a bit on the small side to play 12 from an AB point of view - he could get away with it at Super - but i'd rather he play a position in Super that they see him playing at test level.
Rangi saying he will be playing 12, he was going to start on wing in NPC , but will be at 12.
 

Tazzmania

Allen Oxlade (6)
All very strong NZ squads and Pacifika looks pretty decent for a new franchise.

Its going to be a very tough challenge for the Aussie sides to knock over a few more wins than the one only from last year.
 

Jeffrey

Stan Wickham (3)
Pity about the long-term injuries for the Landers, who look a bit thin at Lock and wing.
Jona Nareki and Pari Pari Parkinson are huge misses at Super level , Nareki, in particular, running amok this year.
But what about freedom vahaakolo? He's always played well, even last year before he got injured.

Excited about RTS. Physically, Roger might be more gifted than anyone except perhaps Reiko. He's not the tallest - 182 or 183. But he's robust, probably will end up around 100kgs. Most of all he's tremendously balanced as a runner. He's primed to play as a 12 - I really do wonder if 12 is the right spot for him, it's quite different from his role as a league FB. I wonder if he's worried about out-and-out pace as a winger at 28 and after quite an attritional career, but we could do with a Cory Jane equivalent on one of the wings, someone who is very sound under the high ball (which RTS is) and has the ability to beat the first defender (which RTS does).
 

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
After looking at the squads a bit more , I have a bit of a laugh to myself, look at the Chiefs, you think bugger me they would be bloody hard to beat, then do same for Blues you think exactly the same, ditto the Crusaders bloody hell 11 ABs and Matera from Pumas, so I'll give you my firm opinion of which is favourite about June next year? ;) :D
Clan could be a little down with injuries at lock as Jeffery rightly says, and Canes (it tough being a Canes man) welldoesn't really inspire a lot of confidence, I think they ok at lock and loosies, a little concerned about props with Franks gone. Backs TJP is still good for this level of rugby, and hopefully Jamie Booth back from start of season, 3rd 9 is out for half a season already, and I just still not convinced our 10s are quite there. Rest of backline is ok to with a couple of very good (Jordie etc) players. MP I like look of their squad, though a little light in front row and lock to me.
 

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George Gregan (70)

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Been watching that young Lio-Willie for Otago, looks like not a bad young fella to me.
 

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George Gregan (70)
Tikoisolomone was awesome for the 'naki but Vahaakolo was pretty good for Otago & has (limited) SR experience so maybe unlucky to miss out. Agree wrt Lio-Willie, good backup for Mikaele-Tu'u. Tomkinson being out possibly reduces Clan's Card count for the year;)
 

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
I thought Freedom Vahaakolo was unlucky to miss a super squad to WOB, actually can say same about D'Angelo Leuila from Waikato, he has played a few tests for Samoa, and looked a good fit for Moana Pasifika covering 10-15, but seems he hasn't got contract.
 

Dan54

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Yep, I am actually surprised that Canes have got him, as he handy just in case, but is he only contracted preseason?
 
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