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SRP (Super Rugby Pacific) 2023 General Chat

Rob42

John Solomon (38)
Interesting article by Nick Bishop on The Roar about how the English Premiership has significantly increased ball-in-play time:

https://www.theroar.com.au/2022/10/...Salakaia-Loto)-get-back-into-test-contention/
 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
Interesting article by Nick Bishop on The Roar about how the English Premiership has significantly increased ball-in-play time:

https://www.theroar.com.au/2022/10/...Salakaia-Loto)-get-back-into-test-contention/
Read that Rob and wasn't surprised in least, I have had impression their rugby is kept alive more than ours for last few years. Generally the refs (and Luke Pearce springs to mind) are trying to keep game moving,
 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
'canes have confirmed a match in Palmy North (v Force on 2/04), the first in four years. Will substantially reduce @Dan54's travel time.
Funny, I mentioned axactly same thing to Mrs Dan when I heard it on newa earlier WOB!!! Told her as I such a good fella I would take her to Palmy to see Great Grandkids (Grandson and family transferring to Linton) and will see if I can find somewhere to take great-grandson ;)
 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
Well Chiefs have beefed up their Lock stocks with picking up Selby-Rickit heading north for 2023 and beyond. Guess they shoring uo 2m+ locks after Lurch packs it in after WC next year. As it is next year they got Lurch, Vaií,McWhannell, Selby-Rickit and Ah Khuoi who seems to be movin to 6 . I was wondering about the Clan, but they still got Pari Pari P, Dickson and Holland can't think who else , but they not in bad position anyway.
Now if someone can just send a lock or 2 to Canes I would be happy.
 

waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)
NZ teams being named today.

Loss Bleus:

Forwards
: Adrian Choat (Auckland), Sam Darry (Canterbury), Kurt Eklund (Bay of Plenty), Josh Fusitu’a (Auckland), Alex Hodgman (Auckland), Akira Ioane (Auckland), Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau), James Lay (Auckland), Dalton Papalii (Counties Manukau), Taine Plumtree (Wellington), Marcel Renata (Auckland), Ricky Riccitelli (Taranaki), Tom Robinson (Northland), Rob Rush (Northland), Anton Segner (Tasman), Hoskins Sotutu (Counties Manukau), Cameron Suafoa (North Harbour), James Tucker (Waikato), Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland), Ofa Tuungafasi (Northland), Soane Vikena (Auckland).

Backs: Beauden Barrett (Taranaki), Finlay Christie (Tasman), Caleb Clarke (Auckland), Corey Evans (Auckland), Taufa Funaki (Auckland), Bryce Heem (Auckland), Rieko Ioane (Auckland), AJ Lam (Auckland), Sam Nock (Northland), Stephen Perofeta (Taranaki), Harry Plummer (Auckland), Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (Taranaki), Zarn Sullivan (Auckland), Caleb Tangitau (Auckland), Mark Telea (North Harbour), Tanielu Tele’a (Counties Manukau), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Auckland)

Tribe named at 8am NZDT, 'canes at 10, CruSadists at high noon & Clan at 2pm.
 

waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)
Tribe:

Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Bay of Plenty), Kaylum Boshier (Taranaki), Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty), George Dyer (Waikato), Samipeni Finau (Waikato), Bryn Gatland (North Harbour), Josh Ioane (Otago), Luke Jacobson (Waikato), Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato), Josh Lord (Taranaki), Peniasi Malimali (Counties Manukau), Damian McKenzie (Waikato), Laghlan McWhannell (Waikato), Atunaisa Moli (Tasman), Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau), Alex Nankivell (Tasman), Emoni Narawa (Bay of Plenty), Ollie Norris (Waikato), Simon Parker (Waikato), Rameka Poihipi (Canterbury), Jared Proffit (Taranaki), Ngantungane Punivai (Canterbury), Cortez-Lee Ratima (Waikato), Rivez Reihana (Northland), Brodie Retallick (Hawkes Bay), Xavier Roe (Waikato), Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Bay of Plenty), Bradley Slater (Taranaki), Pita Gus Sowakula (Taranaki), Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour), Angus Ta'avao (Auckland), Samisoni Taukei'aho (Waikato), Tyrone Thompson (Hawkes Bay), Quinn Tupaea (Waikato), Tupou Vaa'i (Taranaki), Brad Weber (Hawkes Bay), Gideon Wrampling (Waikato).

Would be nice if everyone used the same format...
 

waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)
Horrorcanes:

Forwards:
Owen Franks (Canterbury), Tyrel Lomax (Tasman), Tevita Mafileo (Bay of Plenty), Xavier Numia (Wellington), Pouri Rakete-Stones (Hawke's Bay), Pasilio Tosi (Bay of Plenty). Asafo Aumua (Wellington), Dane Coles (Wellington), Jacob Devery (Hawke’s Bay). Dominic Bird (Wellington), James Blackwell (Wellington), Caleb Delany (Wellington), Justin Sangster (Bay of Plenty), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Hawke's Bay). Devan Flanders (Hawke's Bay), Tekamaka Howden (Manawatū), Brayden Iose (Manawatū), Du’Plessis Kirifi (Wellington), Peter Lakai (Wellington)*, Tyler Laubscher (Manawatū), Reed Prinsep (Canterbury), Ardie Savea (Wellington).

Backs:
Jamie Booth (North Harbour), TJ Perenara (Wellington), Cam Roigard (Counties Manukau), Brett Cameron (Manawatū), Aidan Morgan (Wellington) Riley Higgins (Wellington)*, Billy Proctor (Wellington), Bailyn Sullivan (Waikato), Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wellington), Jordie Barrett (Taranaki), Ruben Love (Wellington), Josh Moorby (Northland), Kini Haholo (Taranaki)*, Salesi Rayasi (Auckland), Julian Savea (Wellington), Dan Sinkinson (Waikato)*.
 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
I reasonably happy with that Canes squad , certainly no shortage of plyers who can play 6 & 8, shame they let Gibson go as I thought he was good option at 7. Guess Tyler Labusher will gat a few games, and think maybe Gibson had to be released to make room for Lakai, who lets face it is going to have a bloody great future. Like Chiefs maybe a little light on 7s depth. By geez we got a lot of pretty capable loosies running around in NZ, maybe good solid 7s is the lightest number. Kirifi and Christie etc are bloody good boys, perhaps an extra couple of kilos would do them good. I guessing that Booth will be our 3rd 9 this year as I think Roigard will almost be challenging TJ for the top spot. Also like the look of midfield, with Procter, Sullivan and PUJ probably main choices, but can see Higgins sneaking up order by end of season, and of course Jordie will cover there, as we got Love and Moorby as a couple of decent 15s.
 

KiwiM

Nev Cottrell (35)
If I was Canes i'd be looking to play Jordie at 12 and Love at 15 with Higgins rotating in at 12 and Sullivan/Proctor rotating at 13. PUJ could also play 13 with Sullivan on the wing.
 

Dismal Pillock

David Codey (61)
Expect to see Melani Nanai in the Crusaders
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waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)

You may want to look away...

CruSadists:

Forwards:
Joe Moody (Canterbury), Finlay Brewis (Canterbury), George Bower (Otago), Codie Taylor (Canterbury), Brodie McAlister (Canterbury), George Bell (Canterbury), Oli Jager (Canterbury), Tamaiti Williams (Canterbury), Fletcher Newell (Canterbury), Scott Barrett (Taranaki), Sam Whitelock (Canterbury), Mitchell Dunshea (Canterbury), Quinten Strange (Tasman), Zach Gallagher (Canterbury), Ethan Blackadder (Tasman), Christian Lio-Willie (Otago), Tom Christie (Canterbury), Sione Havili-Talitui (Tasman), Cullen Grace (Canterbury), Corey Kellow (Canterbury), Dominic Gardiner (Canterbury).

Backs: Mitchell Drummond (Canterbury), Willi Heinz (Canterbury), Noah Hotham (Tasman), Richie Mo'unga (Canterbury), Fergus Burke (Canterbury), Taha Kemara (Waikato), Dallas McLeod (Canterbury), David Havili (Tasman), Braydon Ennor (Canterbury), Jack Goodhue (Northland), Leicester Fainga'anuku (Tasman), Pepesana Patafilo (Wellington), Macca Springer (Tasman), Sevu Reece (Tasman), Melani Nanai (Worcester Warriors), Chay Fihaki (Canterbury), Will Jordan (Tasman).
 

waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)
Clan:

Forwards:
Ethan de Groot (Southland), Daniel Lienert-Brown (Canterbury), Luca Inch (Tasman), Jermaine Ainsley (Otago), Ayden Johnstone (Waikato), Jeff Thwaites (Bay of Plenty), Saula Ma’u (Otago), Andrew Makalio (Tasman), Rhys Marshall (Waikato), Leni Apisai (Auckland), Josh Dickson (Otago), Fabian Holland (Otago), Pari Pari Parkinson (Tasman), Max Hicks (Tasman), Will Tucker (Otago), Shannon Frizell (Tasman), James Lentjes (Otago), Sean Withy (Otago), Billy Harmon (Canterbury), Marino Mikaele Tu’u (Hawke’s Bay), Hugh Renton (Tasman), Nikora Broughton (Bay of Plenty).


Backs: Aaron Smith (Manawatū), Folau Fakatava (Hawke’s Bay), James Arscott (Otago), Mitch Hunt (Tasman), Marty Banks (Southland), Cam Millar (Otago), Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Otago), Fetuli Paea (Tasman), Scott Gregory (Southland), Josh Timu (Otago), Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), Connor Garden-Bachop (Wellington), Sam Gilbert (Otago), Mosese Dawai (Waikato), Vilimoni Koroi (Otago), Jona Nareki (Otago).
 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
Be honest although JGB was a pretty average 10 at Canes, Clan might be better with him than Marty Banks. Geez they got some tall timber for lineout if PPP back though.
 
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Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
Found an interesting article on how come Crusaders ended up with young Taha Kemara, a 19yo 10 from Waikato who looks to have a heap of potential. He actually rung Clayton MacMillan who sent him south, as Chiefs were 'investing' in Kaleb Trask and had other pretty reasonable 10s on books, and thought Kemara could learn a fair bit behind Mounga, and hopefully Chiefs will get him in future if it suits him. Chiefs are the same outfit who have arranged for Kaleb Trask to go to Japan for a year so he gets time at 10 to develop. I still believe this kind of thinking is what helps keep NZ rugby in a fairly good position playerwise. Sometimes the player devlopment is more important then building stocks up.

 

Dan54

Tim Horan (67)
And I may have to take a trip down to The Nua in Feb, Canes playing Crusaders in preseason in Levin. Interesting the first game of the Wahine's super season Cane's Poua play Chiefs Manawa at Levin too!
 

waiopehu oldboy

George Smith (75)
Moana Pasifika have named their squad:

Forwards: Abraham Pole, Alamanda Motuga, Alex McRobbie, Chris Apoua, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Isi Tu’ungafasi, Jack Lam, Joe ‘Apikotoa, Lotu Inisi, Luteru Tolai, Mahonri Ngakuru, Michael Curry, Mike McKee, Miracle Fai’ilagi, Penitoa Finau, Ray Niuia, Samiuela Moli, Samuel Slade, Sekope Kepu, Sione Tu’ipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Taukiha’amea Koloamatangi.

Backs: Anzelo Tuitavuki, Christian Leali’ifano, D’Angelo Leuila, Danny Toala, Ereatara Enari, Fine Inisi, Henry Taefu, Jonathan Taumateine, Levi Aumua, Lincoln McClutchie, Lolagi Visinia, Manu Paea, Neria Foma’i, Tima Fainga’anuku, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tomasi Alosio, William Havili.

The wonderfully-named Miracle Fai’ilagi is a product of a World Rugby combine & several others have been given pre-season training contracts which is great news on the player development front.

 
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