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New Zealand Super Rugby squads announced

The New Zealand franchises have all named their squads for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

The various squads are as follows (courtesy of nzherald.co.nz)

CHIEFS:

Props
Kane Hames (Tasman) Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty) Reuben O’Neill (Taranaki) Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau) Atu Moli (Waikato) Sosefo Kautai (Waikato) Angus Ta’avao (Taranaki).
Hookers
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty) Liam Polwart (Bay of Plenty) Samisoni Taukei’aho (Waikato)Locks
Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay) Tyler Ardron (Bay of Plenty) Laghlan McWhannell (Waikato) Michael Allardice (Hawke’s Bay) Fin Hoeata (Taranaki)

Loose forwards
Mitchell Brown (Taranaki) Taleni Seu (Auckland) Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty) Mitchell Karpik (Bay of Plenty) Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki) Luke Jacobson (Waikato) Pita Gus Sowakula (Taranaki)

Halfbacks
Brad Weber (Hawke’s Bay) Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki) Jonathan Taumateine (Counties Manukau)

First five-eighths
Damian McKenzie (Waikato) Tiaan Falcon (Hawke’s Bay) Jack Debreczeni (Northland)

Midfielders
Alex Nankivell (Tasman) Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato) Tumua Manu (Auckland) Bailyn Sullivan (Waikato).

Outside backs
Solomon Alaimalo (Tasman) Sean Wainui (Taranaki) Ataata Moeakiola (Japan) Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau) Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour) Marty McKenzie (Taranaki).
HURRICANES:
Outside backs: Jordie Barrett (Taranaki), Ben Lam (Wellington), Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu), James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi (Auckland).

Midfield backs: Vince Aso (Auckland), Wes Goosen (Wellington), Ngani Laumape (Manawatu), Billy Proctor (Wellington), Matt Proctor (Wellington).

First fives: Beauden Barrett (Taranaki), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Wellington), Fletcher Smith (Waikato).

Halfbacks: Finlay Christie (Tasman), Richard Judd (Bay of Plenty), TJ Perenara (Wellington).

Loose forwards: Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Gareth Evans (Hawke’s Bay), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Sam Henwood (Counties Manukau), Du’Plessis Kirifi (Wellington),  Reed Prinsep (Canterbury), Ardie Savea (Wellington).

Locks: James Blackwell (Wellington), Geoff Cridge (Hawke’s Bay), Sam Lousi (Wellington), Liam Mitchell (Manawatu), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Wellington).

Props: Fraser Armstrong (Manawatu), Chris Eves (North Harbour), Alex Fidow (Wellington), Ben May (Hawke’s Bay), Toby Smith (Waikato),  Jeff To’omaga-Allen (Wellington).

Hookers: Asafo Aumua (Wellington), Dane Coles (Wellington), Ricky Riccitelli (Taranaki).

HIGHLANDERS:
Forwards

Hookers: Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Ray Niuia*

Props: Daniel Lienert-Brown, Josh Iosefa-Scott*, Ayden Johnstone *, Siate Tokolahi, Tyrel Lomax, Sef Fa’agase*

Locks: Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo,  Paripari Parkinson, Josh Dickson, Jack Whetton*

Loosies: Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, James Lentjes, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Shannon Frizell, Elliot Dixon

Backs

Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Kayne Hammington, Folau Fakatava*

First-Fives: Bryn Gatland*, Josh Ioane, Marty Banks

Midfielders: Rob Thompson, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Thomas Umaga-Jensen

Outside Backs:  Waisake Naholo, Tevita Li, Tevita Nabura , Josh McKay , Ben Smith

Unavailable due to long term injury: Aki Seiuli, Kalolo Tuiloma

BLUES:

Forwards:

Front row: Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tu’ungafasi,

Locks: Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Jacob Pierce, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu.

Loose forwards: Jed Brown, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Jimmy Tupou.

Backs

Halfbacks: Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru.

First-five: Otere Black, Stephen Perofeta, Harry Plummer

Midfield: Levi Aumua, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a, Sonny Bill Williams.

Outside Backs: Caleb Clarke, Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Jordan Trainor.

CRUSADERS

Forwards

Michael Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Scott Barrett, Ethan Blackadder, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Billy Harmon, Oliver Jager, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Tom Sanders, Quinten Strange, Jordan, Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sam Whitelock

Backs
Tim Bateman, George Bridge, Brett Cameron, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Ereatara Enari, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Richie Mo’unga, Ngane Punivai.

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