Nomad Nu’u links up with former Otago assistant coach at the Rebels

Melbourne, Mt Smart and Wellington.

Otago and Southland players who missed the cut at the Highlanders will pop up in other places for Super Rugby Pacific.

A notable selection yesterday was that of midfield back Ray Nu’u in the Melbourne Rebels, where he will join former Otago assistant coach Ryan Martin.

Nu’u has bounced around from Dunedin club rugby to Southland to Otago, and will get his chance at the next level with the Rebels.

Two southern props — Otago ring-in Tau Koloamatangi and Southland veteran Chris Apoua — will play for the new Moana Pasifika team based in South Auckland.

There, they will be joined by Southland lock Mike McKee and former North Otago lock Don Lolo.

The Stags have another Super Rugby player in the form of fullback Josh Moorby, who was an injury replacement for the Highlanders this year and has been signed by the Hurricanes.

Otago first five Josh Ioane, as previously announced, switches from the Highlanders to the Chiefs.

Former Highlanders hero Waisake Naholo did not get signed by a Super Rugby team.

Notable, if already announced, names in the other New Zealand teams include former Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at the Blues and Pumas captain Pablo Matera at the Crusaders.

Former long-serving prop Owen Franks had signed for the Hurricanes but is injured.

Other New Zealand squads.—

Blues: Kurt Eklund, Soane Vikena, Ricky Riccitelli, Alex Hodgman, Jordan Lay, Ofa Tuungafasi, Marcel Renata, Nepo Laulala, Karl Tu’inukuafe, James Tucker, Josh Goodhue, Sam Darry, Luke Romano, Taine Plumtree, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Anton Segner, Hoskins Sotutu, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat, Finlay Christie, Sam Nock, Taufa Funaki, Beauden Barrett, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Tanielu Tele’a, Rieko Ioane, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua, Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Zarn Sullivan.

Chiefs: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Bradley Slater, Tyrone Thompson, Aidan Ross, Atunaisa Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Ollie Norris, Sione Mafileo, Reuben O’Neill, Tupou Vaa’i, Brodie Retallick, Laghlan McWhannell, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Josh Lord, Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Simon Parker, Pita Gus Sowakula, Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau, Brad Weber, Xavier Roe, Cortez Ratima, Bryn Gatland, Kaleb Trask, Josh Ioane, Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi, Gideon Wrampling, Jonah Lowe, Emoni Narawa, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Chase Tiatia, Shaun Stevenson, Rivez Reihana.

Hurricanes: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, James O’Reilly, Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Xavier Numia, Tyrel Lomax, Pasilio Tosi, Pouri Rakete-Stones, James Blackwell, Dom Bird, Scott Scrafton, Justin Sangster, Brayden Iose, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea, Tyler Laubscher, Devan Flanders, Caleb Delany, TK Howden, Jamie Booth, TJ Perenara, Cam Roigard, Aidan Morgan, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Ruben Love, Teihorangi Walden, Billy Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Pepesana Patafilo, Salesi Rayasi, Wes Goosen, Josh Moorby.

Crusaders: Codie Taylor, Brodie McAlister, Shilo Klein, Joe Moody, Oli Jager, Fletcher Newell, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Finlay Brewis, Scott Barrett, Quentin Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Zach Gallagher, Tom Christie, Ethan Blackadder, Sione Havili Talitui, Cullen Grace, Pablo Matera, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow, Mitch Drummond, Bryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Richie Mo’unga, Simon Hickey, Fergus Burke, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Isaiah Punivai, Dallas McLeod, Chay Fihaki, George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Kini Naholo.

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