Positive move for Otago

The Otago rugby team has a tough stretch coming up. Photo: Getty Images
The Otago rugby team. Photo: Getty Images
It does not take a rocket scientist to know more Super Rugby players in a provincial side will lead to success.

Tasman is the obvious example of that - it has virtually a whole team of Super Rugby players and that is translating into a top-of-the-table position.

Otago will no doubt benefit with the announcement yesterday that three of its players - backs Michael Collins and Vilimoni Koroi and forward Sione Misiloi - have signed with the Highlanders.

Otago coach Ben Herring said he was thrilled for the players and it was only good for Otago.

"To get these guys into Super Rugby and someone like George Bower at the Crusaders is really pleasing. It shows there is a pathway here and guys can make it when playing for Otago," Herring said.

"It's really pleasing to see local guys get in to the Highlanders and shows the Highlanders are looking at the local players."

Herring said those players training with the Highlanders would enjoy the experience and bring those high standards back to Otago and their clubs which could only help everyone in the region.

He said players were working hard and thoroughly deserved their contracts.

Players trained harder and longer with Super Rugby and improved their skills through being a a fulltime professional player.

Otago has eight players in its starting side for tomorrow's game who have Super Rugby contracts while Wellington has 10 of its starting players as fulltime professional players.

Tasman has 16 Super Rugby players in its squad while Southland does not have any.

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