Twenty five players have been named today in the wider
training groups for the New Zealand Super Rugby teams for the
Super Rugby players report for duty for the first time with
their franchises next week.
New Zealand Rugby Union's general manager of professional
rugby Neil Sorensen said this was an exciting time for new
players starting their Super Rugby careers or on the verge of
it through wider training groups.
"We consider Investec Super Rugby the best international
regional competition in the world. We know that these boys
are hugely excited about the opportunity to step up to Super
Rugby, but on the back of some of the form we saw in ITM Cup,
we know we're in for a fantastic 2013 season."
Blues: Pita Ahki, Joe Edwards, Albert Nikoro, Sean Polwart,
Chiefs: Mike Kainga, Michael Leitch, Pauliasi Manu, Maritino
Nemani, Matt Vant Leven
Hurricanes: Richard Buckman, Mike Coman, Ash Dixon, Callum
Gibbins, Ope Peleseuma
Crusaders: Kurt Baker, Adrian Barone, Joel Everson, Paea
Fa'anunu, Kieron Fonotia
Highlanders: Hugh Blake, Tony Ensor, Bronson Murray, Doug
Tietjens, Frae Wilson
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