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Is it just me or has Taniela Tupou been kept under wraps for some reason? He hasn't featured that much despite being touted quite a lot.
 

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Is it just me or has Taniela Tupou been kept under wraps for some reason? He hasn't featured that much despite being touted quite a lot.
He is a hospital case, mostly ruled out during 2015, 2016 and 2017 due to slow recuperation I believe? Iirc, he was mostly side lined in 2016 due to this. He has achieved his 3-year residency in Australia and is now eligible to represent the national side, we may see him more now in the Super Rugby circles, and well better conditioning.
 

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/98110174/new-crusaders-halfback-ere-enari-ruled-out-of-2018-super-rugby-season

New Crusaders halfback Ere Enari ruled out of 2018 Super Rugby season

Newly signed Crusaders halfback Ere Enari will miss the 2018 Super Rugby season while he recovers from a broken leg.

The Canterbury halfback got tangled up attempting to make a tackle against Auckland at Eden Park last Friday, and had surgery the following day.

The Crusaders announced on Friday he would miss the first year of his newly minted two-year deal with the Christchurch-based franchise.

"We were really excited to be able to announce that Ere had signed with the [Crusaders] in 2018 and 2019. We see huge potential in Ere and believe he has a big future in the team," Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said in a statement.

"So to see him break his leg last Friday night and then to confirm that the injury will rule him out of Super Rugby in 2018 was devastating."

The 20-year-old, who also broke a leg in 2015, wasn't one of the 38 players in the Crusaders' official title winning squad this year, but did play one game - against the Brumbies - in round one.
 

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https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/highlanders/delany-not-answer-no-10-vacancy

Delany not answer to No 10 vacancy

The Highlanders are looking around for a first five-eighth but it will not be Bay of Plenty pivot Mike Delany.
Delany (35) has had two stints with the Highlanders. He first played for the team in 2008 before moving to the Chiefs and eventually heading overseas.

Then in 2012, the Bay of Plenty pivot answered the call to play as injury cover while on a break from playing in Japan.

With Colin Slade and Lima Sopoaga both injured, Delany was brought into the team and played the second half of the season. He then went overseas, playing in France and England before returning to New Zealand this year and has been in impressive form for Bay of Plenty.

That has led to speculation he will be lining up for a Super Rugby side next year.

With Marty Banks playing in Italy, there is a vacancy in the Highlanders for a pivot.

Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark said though Delany would not be coming to the Highlanders.

It was believed the one-test All Black is headed to the Crusaders.


Clark said the side would need three first five-eighths but would not be drawn on who the third No 10 would be.

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One possibility is Taranaki utility Marty McKenzie who could find himself surplus to requirements at the Crusaders.

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One name which will not be in next year’s playing squad is lock Joe Wheeler, who has hung up the boots, in New Zealand anyway.

Wheeler played for the past five seasons with the Highlanders but is playing in Japan for Suntory. Clark said Wheeler, who turns 30 today, was committed to playing in Japan and his body would not stand up to playing for 12 months of the year if he was also to turn out for the Highlanders.

The former Tasman lock will be working in the marketing department for the franchise throughout the season.
Joe Wheeler stepping out at 30, this man was the team's mascot and soul. It seems some New Zealand teams will have to pull out their continuity plans by digging into their depth.
 

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https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/rugby-union/act-brumbies-to-play-trial-match-against-waikato-chiefs-on-sunshine-coast-20171020-gz4wp2.html

ACT Brumbies to play trial match against Waikato Chiefs on Sunshine Coast

The ACT Brumbies will complete their Super Rugby preparation with a clash against the Waikato Chiefs at Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 14.

It will be an early test against a New Zealand side after Australian teams lost all 26 trans-Tasman derbies this year.

The Brumbies will be bolstered by the return of David Pocock and Christian Lealiifano next year, while the club is still searching for two outside backs to complete their roster.

There are several Western Force players still in contract limbo, but it is hoped the ARU will reach a decision on their future in the coming weeks.

The Brumbies will play trial matches against the Melbourne Rebels and the Chiefs, as well as playing at the Brisbane Global 10s on February 10-11.

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BRUMBIES PRE-SEASON GAMES

February 3: Brumbies v Rebels at Seiffert Oval.
February 10-11: Brisbane Global 10s at Suncorp Stadium.
February 14: Brumbies v Chiefs at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
The Wallabies will be happy having their pivot back, Lealiifano imo has been their best playmaker in recent years and they desperately need one at #10. His performance in the Pro14 has been outstanding.
 

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Think it's been confirmed that Delany signed with the Crusaders.
Yep,

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/98119883/super-rugby-champions-sign-mike-delany-and-tim-bateman-for-2018

Super Rugby champions sign Mike Delany and Tim Bateman for 2018

The Crusaders have added more than 20 years of experience into their backline for 2018, following the re-signing of Canterbury midfielder Tim Bateman and the acquisition of Bay of Plenty first five-eighth Mike Delany.

Both players began their Super Rugby careers 10 years ago, Bateman with the Crusaders and Delany with the Highlanders, and both have returned to New Zealand rugby after playing a number of seasons overseas.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said the pair's experience will be invaluable to the team as they attempt to go back-to-back.

"Tim and Mike are both playing outstanding rugby for their respective provincial teams, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty, and proving that they still have a heck of a lot to offer New Zealand rugby."

"These are two very important signings for us, because of what they can bring in terms of skillset, versatility, leadership and a wealth of experience."

Bateman left the Crusaders in 2010 to play in Japan, then returned for three seasons with the Hurricanes before again heading to Japan in 2014 when his wife required treatment for multiple sclerosis.

In 2017 he made the move back home to Christchurch and played seven games for the Crusaders as the team marched towards the Super Rugby title.
 

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https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/rhule-petersen-moves-to-stormers-confirmed-by-cheetahs-11672479

Rhule, Petersen moves to Stormers confirmed by Cheetahs

CAPE TOWN – Wings Raymond Rhule and Sergeal Petersen will definitely turn out for the Stormers and WP next season after the Cheetahs confirmed their departures on Monday.

The Cheetahs announced their squad for their next two PRO14 games – against Zebre in Italy on Saturday and Connacht in Ireland the following weekend – and stated on their website that Rhule and Petersen will only play in the first tour match.

“Raymond Rhule and Sergeal Petersen will be representing the Cheetahs in their last match in an orange jersey against Zebre, where after they will be returning to Cape Town to join the Stormers for a new chapter in their careers,” the Cheetahs said.

Discarded Springbok Rhule and Petersen face a serious challenge for starting berths at the Stormers in Super Rugby next year, though.

While there are rumours that Leolin Zas will be joining the Sharks, this has not yet been confirmed by either franchise.

But even if Zas – who missed the entire 2017 season after sustaining a broken leg in a warm-up game against the Lions in February – does go to Durban, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has a number of options to choose from.

Dillyn Leyds and Seabelo Senatla are sure to be the first-choice flyers, with SP Marais likely to return from injury at fullback.
Hard call, Petersen will need game time as he is 'possible' Springbok material. The Rhule experiment needs more work. Senatla has a place with the Blitzbokke. Leyds has the same issues as Rhule on national level.
 

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Depends who will now be centers which they lack at moment.
It is a long way to go until the Super Rugby competition, they will buy (and loan) players and elevate more players in the development program. I don’t see any winger in the WP camp conditioned to play on centre and they will probably trade Leyds on the back and wing to enable some continuity on the bench. Remember, the Stormers commercial arm is now privately owned, they have the buying power to ensure depth.

My issue is in preparing viable Springboks. There are wingers in the other teams as well which will put up their hands to be a Springbok.
 

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http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/how-japanese-rugby-will-boost-currie-cup-20171024

How Japanese rugby will boost Currie Cup

Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Jake White has explained how a big decision taken by Japanese Rugby will ultimately benefit the Currie Cup.

In his column for All Out Rugby, White examines how Japan's decision to strengthen the national side for the 2019 Rugby World Cup will mean that, from next season, fewer South Africans will take short-team deals in that country during the Currie Cup window.

From 2018, Japan coach Jamie Joseph will also coach the Sunwolves in Super Rugby, but, more significantly, the owners of the teams in Japan's Top League have all agreed to let their national players play for the Sunwolves.

In addition to this, White says, the national players will be managed carefully in the build-up to 2019 and this means them missing even more Top League action.

In fact, Japanese rugby has scrapped the 2019 Top League completely in order to best prepare for the World Cup, and that is where the Currie Cup stands to benefit.

With the 2019 Top League pushed back to January 2020 to accommodate preparation for the World Cup, South African-based players will not be available for a Japanese stint in 2019 or in 2020.

That, White says, will impact on South African players signing deals with Japanese clubs.

With a one-year deal - 2018 - the only real Japanese option for South Africans right now, White believes more players will commit to their local unions and the Currie Cup.
I see White supports the new plan with the Sunwolves as he wanted the same with the Kings when he coached the Springboks.

Just one thing, though the Top League has agreed to allow their national players to play Super Rugby they have only signed 5 players to date and I'm sure that the team will be pretty much the same as last year with key new non-national players as they have proposed in a smaller squad. I don’t see Suntory, Panasonic, Kobe, etc. abide to this... maybe, but these players will be ‘new’ to Super Rugby and its travelling schedule, and I can only see 2-3 being brought into the squad. Hoping to see Kosei Ono.

The Top League will be shortened in 2018 as they already did in 2017 to accommodate the Sunwolves. The teams will play 10 games next year as opposed to the 15 they are scheduled to play this season through September and December. As per the article, no Top League in 2019.
 

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Well I hope they focus that buying power on where they are lacking most scrumhalf and center.
I only have this strange idea that SARU may have some Blitzbokke in mind with the Rugby World Cup preparation and plan.

Yes, centre is currently an issue as some will be leaving. Scrumhalves, yes... no... they have some youngsters, the question is who will provide them with the leaderships in terms with continuity, the succession plan. The experience is between Vermaak and Duvenage. I guess there may be a new signing which I guess will be an experienced player.
 

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http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/doc-expects-whiteley-back-in-action-in-december-20171025

Doc expects Whiteley back in December

Cape Town - Springbok captain Warren Whiteley is expected to return to the playing field in December.

Whiteley has been sidelined with a groin injury since June, but according to the Lions’ team doctor Rob Collins, he is making good progress and will be able to start jogging over the next few weeks

Collins told Netwerk24 that the chances are good that Whiteley could return to action for his Japanese club in early or mid-December.

“There is however no chance that he’ll be able to form part of the Springbok’s year-end tour to Europe,” Collins said.

Collins described Whiteley’s injury as a “unique one” consisting of four problem areas within his hip.

“It’s now only a nerve affecting the muscles that needs to be sorted out. But that nerve is starting to heal nicely and he should be ready to play in less than two months.”

Whiteley represents the NTT Docomo-Red Hurricanes during the South African off-season, but will return in time for the Lions’ Super Rugby campaign.
 

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https://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/super-rugby-breakaway-league-could-kick-off-next-year-11737615

Super Rugby breakaway league could kick off next year

SYDNEY, Australia - Mining magnate Andrew Forrest said Friday his six-team Indo Pacific Rugby Championship could be up and running by late next year following talks with the Australian Rugby Union.

The billionaire chairman of Fortescue Metals met with the ARU board this week and said the governing body was set to provide a preferred playing window, information on player eligibility and approve the IPRC in principle by November 2.

'Twiggy' Forrest, who is setting up the new league in the wake of Western Force's controversial axing from Super Rugby, said he had presented the ARU with two possible windows for the tournament -- July-October 2018 or March-June 2019.

Both timetables would compete directly with either the National Rugby Championship or Super Rugby, though Forrest is confident of attracting talent.

Forrest said he has already approached prominent Wallabies along with potential Asian backers and plans to present his vision at a World Rugby board meeting on November 14.

"I have a reputation for doing what I say I'm going to do," he told reporters in Sydney.

"Six clubs, six markets in a time zone that captures 60 percent of the world's population."
 

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https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/former-all-blacks-star-malakai-fekitoa-joins-french-super-club-toulon/news-story/5f5c1494c6880f8eb5243eae2b1803ca

Former All Blacks star Malakai Fekitoa joins French super club Toulon

NEW Zealand World Cup winner Malakai Fekitoa became the latest high profile star to join Toulon when the centre signed a two-year deal with the three-time European champions, even if the switch has caused him sleepless nights.

The 25-year-old, part of the All Blacks squad to win the 2015 World Cup, follows in the footsteps of compatriots Ma’a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams and Ali Williams who have all played for the French giants.

“It’s a great feeling of pride when you sign an All Black, especially when he is a world champion,” said Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal, who had agreed a deal with Fekitoa in August.

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However, Fekitoa admits that his move to Europe means his international career has been left at a crossroads with just two years before the next World Cup.

“It was a very difficult decision to take, but I realise that a rugby career is very short,” the Tongan-born player added.

“I know that by discovering a new culture, new people, a new rugby, I am going to become a better player but especially a better person.

“For me, Toulon is the best place to progress and to grow.”
 

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https://www.rugbypass.com/news/breaking-rumours-mounting-julian-savea-signed-premiership-club

BREAKING: Rumours mounting that Julian Savea has signed with Premiership club

Rumours are circulating that All Black winger Julian Savea has signed for a Premiership side after being overlooked by the All Blacks.

Savea has been heavily linked with a move to London side Harlequins, who have been in the headlines this week after England winger Marland Yarde exited the club mid-season.

Savea did not make the All Blacks squad for the November Tests and may find a lucrative Premiership deal appealing – however his partner is about to give birth, which means a move away from NZ is unlikely in the near future.


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Rumours are circulating that All Black winger Julian Savea has signed for a Premiership side after being overlooked by the All Blacks.

Savea has been heavily linked with a move to London side Harlequins, who have been in the headlines this week after England winger Marland Yarde exited the club mid-season.

Savea did not make the All Blacks squad for the November Tests and may find a lucrative Premiership deal appealing – however his partner is about to give birth, which means a move away from NZ is unlikely in the near future.

However, an article in this morning’s Rugby Paper rumoured that the powerful 6’3, 108kg winger might be plying his trade on English shores.

It’s speculated that Savea could sign on a short-term contract, mitigating the loss of Yarde from Harlequins’ roster. Again though, this seems unlikely given that he recently re-committed to NZ Rugby and the Hurricanes on a two-year deal.

A a short-term deal with Harlequins would allow him to return for the 2018 Super Rugby season with the Wellington based franchise, however this would require an exceptional release clause from NZ Rugby.

Savea’s wife however took to Twitter on Sunday evening to rubbish the claims.
 

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Off Topic:

If there's a thread for the EOY Northern Hemisphere tests, would someone be so kind to post the link in here?

Thanksinadvance :)
 
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