S14 Squads Announced

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    The 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 squads for the five New Zealand franchises have been selected.

    The announcement of the squads follows a selection meeting at the NZRU offices in Wellington yesterday, attended by the coaching staff of the five New Zealand franchises.

    The 28-strong squads include 28 new Rebel Sport Super 14 players, six each for the Blues, Crusaders and Highlanders and five each for the Chiefs and Hurricanes.

    The new Rebel Sport Super 14 players are as follows:

    Blues: Northland hooker Tim Dow, North Harbour lock/loose forward Anthony Boric, Auckland lock Kurtis Haiu, North Harbour winger Vili Waqaseduadua, North Harbour prop Mike Noble and North Harbour fullback George Pisi.

    Chiefs: Counties Manukau centre Niva Ta’auso (used as a replacement by the Chiefs in 2005), Counties Manukau winger Lelia Masaga, Bay of Plenty winger Anthony Tahana, Waikato loose forward Liam Messam and Waikato prop Nathan White.

    Hurricanes: Taranaki lock Jason Eaton, Wellington hooker Luke Mahoney, Wellington prop John Schwalger, Wellington five-eighths Tamati Ellison and Auckland utility Isaia Toeava.

    Crusaders: Canterbury props Wyatt Crockett and Ben Franks, Canterbury halfback Andrew Ellis, Canterbury lock Craig Clarke, Canterbury centre/wing Steven Yates and Bay of Plenty openside flanker Tanerau Latimer.

    Highlanders: Otago first five-eighths Ryan Bambry, Otago hooker Jason Macdonald, Otago halfback Chris Smylie, Otago utility Callum Bruce, Southland flanker Tim Boys and Southland centre/wing Ben Smith.

    New Zealand Rugby Union Deputy Chief Executive Steve Tew passed on his congratulations to the 28 new players on behalf of New Zealand rugby.

    “It’s the first major step on the path as a fully-fledged professional player and comes at an exciting time as we kick off the newly expanded Rebel Sport Super 14 competition next year. At the same time, it’s important that we acknowledge those players who have missed out on selection,” he said.

    The squads also include 12 draft players.

    From Auckland, midfielder Sam Tuitupou has been drafted to the Chiefs, Isaia Toeava will make his Rebel Sport Super 14 debut with the Hurricanes, lock Brad Mika and winger Tony Koonwaiyou are heading to the Crusaders, and loose forward Andrew Blowers, prop Nick White and fullback Paul Williams to the Highlanders.

    Canterbury’s Ben Blair and Vilimoni Delasau have been drafted to the Highlanders, Bay of Plenty’s Tanerau Latimer is heading to the Crusaders, Wellington’s Roy Kinikinilau will join the Highlanders and his Wellington teammate Ross Filipo will again be with the Crusaders.

    The squads also include nine players returning to Rebel Sport Super 14 rugby who were not selected in 2005. The players are Andrew Blowers, Troy Flavell, Brendan Haami, David Holwell, Roy Kinikinilau, Rua Tipoki, Hale T-Pole, Nick White and Paul Williams.

    Mr Tew said the selection process had been very thorough and the selection panel (made up of All Blacks selector Sir Brian Lochore, All Blacks Coach Graham Henry, NZRU President John Graham and NZRU representatives Steve Tew and Steve Lancaster) had been very impressed with the research and preparation done by the coaches.

    He said the only selection issue had been over Rua Tipoki, who was excused from the draft due to personal circumstances.

    “The selection panel instructed the Blues to include Tipoki in their group of 24 protected players and, as a consequence, the Blues decided to make Isaia Toeava available to the draft. He was subsequently drafted to the Hurricanes,” Mr Tew said.

    The 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 squads are as follows:

    ¹ indicates new Rebel Sport Super 14 player.
    ² indicates returning Super 14 player.
    ³ indicates draft player.

    Blues: John Afoa (Auckland), Ben Atiga (Auckland), Anthony Boric ¹ (North Harbour), Daniel Braid (Auckland), Justin Collins (Auckland), Steve Devine (Auckland), Tim Dow ¹ (Northland), Troy Flavell ² (Auckland), David Gibson (Auckland), Kurtis Haiu ¹ (Auckland), Doug Howlett (Auckland), Tasesa Lavea (Auckland), Angus Macdonald (Auckland), Luke McAlister (North Harbour), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Isa Nacewa (Auckland), Mike Noble ¹ (North Harbour), George Pisi ¹ (North Harbour), Greg Rawlinson (North Harbour), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), Saimone Taumoepeau (Auckland), Rua Tipoki ² (North Harbour), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Vili Waqaseduadua ¹ (North Harbour), Brent Ward (Auckland), Ali Williams (Auckland), Nick Williams (North Harbour), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour).

    Chiefs: Sosene Anesi (Waikato), Steven Bates (Waikato), Ben Castle (Bay of Plenty), Loki Crichton (Waikato), Simms Davison (Waikato), Stephen Donald (Waikato), Jono Gibbes (Waikato), David Hill (Waikato), Sean Hohneck (Waikato), Marty Holah (Waikato), Byron Kelleher (Waikato), Nili Latu (Bay of Plenty), Sione Lauaki (Waikato), Aleki Lutui (Bay of Plenty), Deacon Manu (Waikato), Lelia Masaga¹ (Counties Manukau), Liam Messam ¹ (Waikato), Malili Muliaina (Waikato), Jamie Nutbrown (Bay of Plenty), Kristian Ormsby (Counties Manukau), Mark Ranby (Waikato), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Niva Ta’auso ¹ (Counties Manukau), Anthony Tahana ¹ (Bay of Plenty), Sam Tuitupou ³ (Auckland), Bernie Upton (Bay of Plenty), Nathan White ¹ (Waikato), Tom Willis (Waikato).

    Hurricanes: Luke Andrews (Wellington), Jerry Collins (Wellington), Jason Eaton ¹ (Taranaki), Tamati Ellison ¹ (Wellington), Lome Fa’atau (Wellington), Tim Fairbrother (Wellington), Hosea Gear (Wellington), Jimmy Gopperth (Wellington), Brendan Haami ² (Wellington), Ben Herring (Wellington), David Holwell ² (Northland), Andrew Hore (Taranaki), Ross Kennedy (Wellington), Luke Mahoney ¹ (Wellington), Chris Masoe (Taranaki), Joe McDonnell (Wellington), Ma’a Nonu (Wellington), Shannon Paku (Wellington), John Schwalger ¹ (Wellington), Conrad Smith (Wellington), Rodney So’oialo (Wellington), Neemia Tialata (Wellington), Isaia Toeava ¹ ³ (Auckland), Paul Tito (Taranaki), Tane Tu’ipulotu (Wellington), Tana Umaga (Wellington), Thomas Waldrom (Wellington), Piri Weepu (Wellington).

    Crusaders: Daniel Carter (Canterbury), Craig Clarke ¹ (Canterbury), Wyatt Crockett¹ (Canterbury), Andrew Ellis ¹ (Canterbury), Ross Filipo ³ (Wellington), Corey Flynn (Canterbury), Ben Franks ¹ (Canterbury), Rico Gear (Nelson Bays), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Chris Jack (Canterbury), Campbell Johnstone (Canterbury), Tony Koonwaiyou ³ (Auckland), Tone Kopelani (Canterbury), Tanerau Latimer ¹ ³ (Bay of Plenty), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Johnny Leo’o (Canterbury), Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Cameron McIntyre (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Bradley Mika ³ (Auckland), Kevin O’Neill (Canterbury), Caleb Ralph (Canterbury), Kevin Senio (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Mose Tuiali’i (Canterbury), Steven Yates ¹ (Canterbury).

    Highlanders: Ryan Bambry ¹ (Otago), Josh Blackie (Otago), Ben Blair ³ (Canterbury), Andrew Blowers ² ³ (Auckland), Tim Boys ¹ (Southland), Neil Brew (Otago), Callum Bruce ¹ (Otago), Jimmy Cowan (Southland), Vilimoni Delasau ³ (Canterbury), Clarke Dermody (Southland), Tom Donnelly (Otago), Nick Evans (Otago), Carl Hayman (Otago), Chris King (Otago), Roy Kinikinilau ² ³ (Wellington), Filipo Levi (Otago), Jason Macdonald ¹ (Otago), Hoani MacDonald (Southland), Seilala Mapusua (Otago), Craig Newby (Otago), Anton Oliver (Otago), James Ryan (Otago), Matt Saunders (Otago), Ben Smith ¹ (Southland), Chris Smylie ¹ (Otago), Hale T-Pole ² (Southland), Nick White ² ³ (Auckland), Paul Williams ² ³ (Auckland).
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    there are some very potent backline combos in there...this is amazing tuitupou going to to waikatoz....

    and blowers adding to the loosies in otago i say he goes number 8 with blackie and newbs on the sides of the flank



    chiefs and auckland have the deadliest backlines in the world..look at that



    wud say that cantab and otago hav the forward packs that cud lead them to the top



    the variety and depth in nz is unchallenged!!!!!
  4. heh..i meant super14....f***in perth wannabe rugby playz
  5. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    I swore I had apost in here before...
  6. maybe u shouldnt swear in ya post then....

    i told u...ur have lost control of your mod powers and u have gone crazy...shame on you

    i know that toeava guy is gonna carve up in wellington..he will be in auckland went brent wards dies off
  7. umosay

    umosay Guest

    Before Ripper, your mabye thinking of the other s14 thread???

    This was made not long ago
  8. nik

    nik Guest

    a lot of backline combinations for the blues.
    i wonder what nucifora will settle with.
  9. stranger

    stranger Guest

    how can canterbury drop delasau but pick up Koonwaiyou in the draft. that's ridiculous, the whole idea of the draft was to pick up players in an area where the region is deficient. dropping a player in favor of someone you like better was never the intention of the draft
  10. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Yeah, your probably right.

    My memory just hasnt been the same since 'Nam.
  11. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    What the! how? why? when?

    All NZ teams looking good... roll on (get this stupid northern tour out of the way and then into the real rugby)... WAHOOOOO

    Wow, good Waikato Team... wahooo... Tuitupou, that's amazing
  12. nam'?....namibia?...u stupid kkk members are goin global now?....hideous lot u are..

    ill giv 5 aztec dollars to anyone who can find taranakis centre..mafi in that list?...

    id hope auckland wud nab him...or even samoa for this upcoming northern tour...
    any players u guys noticed that havent made the cut?

    hahaha and look at david holwell in the hurricanes squad..he almost cried when he was suppose to have his last game in welly now he will cry for real when aucklan mash thru him
  13. esoj

    esoj Guest

    theres a fair few that missed like mafi and quite a few from the bay like bourke mcQuiod filise grant webb missed out and I think some auckland guys like moa missed out as well.
  14. rc_souljah

    rc_souljah Guest

    holwell's not gonna be starting
  15. Zambaman

    Zambaman Guest

    Hmmm, the Crusaders are going to have 5 locks and 3 Openside Flankers. Seems like an awful lot...
  16. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Good squads, but some odd drafting.


    Woodcock - Mealamu - Afoa
    Flavell - Williams
    Collins - MacDonald - Braid
    Devine - McAlister - Tipoki - Tuitavake
    Rokocoko - Ward - Howlett

    Taumoepeau - Dow - Rawlinson - Williams - Gibson - Lavea - Atiga

    Davison - Willis - Castle
    Upton - Gibbes
    Lauaki - Bates - Holah
    Kelleher - Donald - Tuitupou - Tauaso
    Sivivatu - Muliaina - Anesi

    Lutui - Toleafoa - Hohneck - Messam - Nutbrown - Hill - Tahana

    McDonnell - Seal Killer - Tialata
    Eaton - Kennedy
    Collins - So'oialo - Masoe
    Weepu - Gopperth - Umaga - Smith
    Nonu - Toe'ava - Fa'atau

    Mahoney - Schwalger - Andrews - Herring - Haami - Paku - Gear

    Johnstone - Flynn - Sommerville
    Jack - Filipo
    Thorne - Tuiali'i - McCaw
    Senio - Carter - Mauger - Laulala
    Ralph - MacDonald - Gear

    Kopelani - Crockett - Mika - Leo'o - Ellis - Hamilton - Koonwaiyou

    Dermody - Oliver - Hayman
    Ryan - Donnelly
    Newby - Blowers - Blackie
    Cowan - Evans - Mapusua - Brew
    Kinikinilau - Blair - Saunders

    MacDonald - King - Levi - T-Pole - Smylie - Bambry - Williams / Delasau
  17. esoj

    esoj Guest

    defintely some odd moves going in the draft especially by the highlanders they have made some interesting picks.
  18. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Mika will probably be the backup 8 to Tuiali'i and Latimer is more of a 6 even though it says 7 in the article.
  19. stranger

    stranger Guest

    yes, good point stranger [​IMG] [​IMG]
  20. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Hopefully Toeava doesn't get to attached to Wellington... Would've protected him instead of useless sack of **** Lavea.
  21. Southern man

    Southern man Guest

    Fat barstd didn't make the Chiefs.

    I really don't want Ben Blair as our fullback, espically after seeing how bdly he got exposed by us in the semi final, just by bonbing him swamp tackling him and forcing him to become isloated and get penalised for holding onto possesion. I would rather we play big Paul Williams who would could have the strength and size to get out of that sort of situation.I just hope he hasn't lost to much pace, because even before the broken leg he wasn't the quickest bloke around.

    Im abit worried about Coppers new found fasination with HUGE wingers, surely he should just find a happy medium.

    Hopefully Blowers can show some abilty at 8, other wise we are fcked. But I wouldin't mind trying Blackie at 8 and playing Boys and Newbs on the side, as it would be a very very pacey loose forward unit.
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