According to a report from the New Zealand Herald, an agreement has been reached by NZR and RA that all 12 teams will play each other once, with a further three round-robin fixtures to be randomly allocated.
The play-offs structure is reported to be a straight knockout format featuring the eight top teams, with the opening quarter-final round pitting the first-ranked side against eighth-placed team, second vs seventh, third vs sixth and fourth vs fifth.
Another year another new name! Hopefully Fijian Drua play a few games in Fiji.
Josh Ioane signs for the Chiefs and we re-sign Marty Banks....
eh.. not exactly like for like there lads......
Great to see Aaron mauger has taken on the role of moana pacifika head coach
12 teams I'd have thought was a good number for a 22 round Home + Away series, maybe they didn't want to go down that road because of all the travel
Full Squads for Super Rugby Pacific 2022
Props: Alex Hodgman, Jordan Lay, Ofa Tuungafasi, Marcel Renata, Nepo Laulala, Karl Tu'inukuafe
Hookers: Kurt Eklund, Soane Vikena, Ricky Riccitelli
Locks: James Tucker, Josh Goodhue, Sam Darry, Luke Romano.
Loose forwards: Taine Plumtree, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Anton Segner, Hoskins Sotutu, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat
Halfbacks: Finlay Christie, Sam Nock, Taufa Funaki
Flyhalves: Beauden Barrett, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta
Centres: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Tanielu Tele'a, Rieko Ioane, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua
Outside backs: Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Zarn Sullivan.
IN: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Beauden Barrett, Jordan Lay, Ricky Riccitelli, Luke Romano, James Tucker, Taufa Fukani, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat, Anton Segner.
OUT: Blake Gibson, Emoni Narawa, Otere Black, TJ Faiane, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Patrick Tuipolotu, Jacob Pierce, Ray Nuia, Luteru Tolai, Jonathan Ruru, Dillon Hunt.
Props: Allan Alaalatoa, Fred Kaihea, Sefo Kautai, Tom Ross, James Slipper, Scott Sio
Hookers: Folau Fainga'a, Lachlan Lonergan, Connal McInerney, Billy Pollard
Locks: Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Cadeyrn Neville, Darcy Swain
Backrow: Jahrome Brown, Ed Kennedy, Luke Reimer, Pete Samu, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini
Halfbacks: Lachie Albert, Ryan Lonergan, Nic White
Flyhalves: Rodney Iona, Noah Lolesio
Centres: Hudson Creighton, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Len Ikitau, Irae Simone, Ollie Sapsford
Outside backs: Tom Banks, Cam Clark, Jesse Mogg, Andy Muirhead, Tom Wright
IN: Sefo Kautai, Fred Kaihea, Ed Kennedy, Rod Iona, Hudson Creighton, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Ollie Sapsford, Cam Clark, Jesse Mogg
OUT: Bayley Kuenzle, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Reesjan Pasitoa, Reece Tapine, James Tucker, Harry Lloyd, Mack Hansen, Archer Holz, Solomone Kata
Hookers: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Bradley Slater, Tyrone Thompson
Props: Aidan Ross, Atunaisa Moli, Angus Ta'avao, Ollie Norris, Sione Mafileo, Reuben O'Neill
Locks: Tupou Vaa'i, Brodie Retallick, Laghlan McWhannell, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Josh Lord
Loose Forwards: Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Simon Parker, Pita Gus Sowakula, Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau
Halfbacks: Brad Weber, Xavier Roe, Cortez Ratima
Flyhalves: Bryn Gatland, Kaleb Trask, Josh Ioane
Centres: Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi, Gideon Wrampling
Outside backs: Jonah Lowe, Emoni Narawa, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Chase Tiatia, Shaun Stevenson, Rivez Reihana
IN: Josh Ioane, Brodie Retallick, Emoni Narawa, Samipeni Finau, Cortez Ratima, Gideon Wrampling
OUT: Damian McKenzie, Lachlan Boshier, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kin Naholo, Bailyn Sullivan, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Viliame Taulani, Nathan Harris
Hookers: Codie Taylor, Brodie McAlister, Shilo Klein
Props: Joe Moody, Oli Jager, Fletcher Newell, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Finlay Brewis
Locks: Scott Barrett, Quentin Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Zach Gallagher
Loose forwards: Tom Christie, Ethan Blackadder, Sione Havili Talitui, Cullen Grace, Pablo Matera, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow
Halfbacks: Mitch Drummond, Bryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
Flyhalves: Richie Mo'unga, Simon Hickey, Fergus Burke
Centres: Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Isaiah Punivai, Dallas McLeod
Outside backs: Chay Fihaki, George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Kini Naholo
IN: Pablo Matera, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kini Naholo, Simon Hickey, Dominic Gardiner, Finlay Brewis, Zach Gallagher, Shilo Klein, Corey Kellow
OUT: Isileli Tuungafasi, Andrew Makalio, Michael Alaalatoa, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Tom Sanders, Ereatara Enari, Brett Cameron, Manasa Mataele, Luke Romano, Josh McKay
Props: Haereiti Hetet, Jone Koroiduadua, Meli Tuni, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Manasa Saulo, Samuela Tawake
Hookers: Mesu Dolokoto, Tevita Ikanivere, Zuriel Togiatama
Locks: Chris Minimbi, Ratu Rotuisolia, Sorovakatini Tuifagalele, Viliame Rarasea, Isoa Nasilasila, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta
Backrow: Joseva Tamani, Kitione Salawa, Meli Derenalagi, Nemani Nagusa, Raikabula Momoedonu, Rusiate Nasove, Vilive Miramira
Halfbacks: Leone Nawai, Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli
Flyhalves: Teti Tela, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre
Centres: Apisalome Vota, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Kalione Nasoko, Seru Vularika
Outside Backs: Onisi Ratave, Vinaya Habosi, Kitione Taliga, Napolioni Bolaca
Hookers: Liam Coltman, Rhys Marshall, Andrew Makalio
Props: Ayden Johnstone, Jeff Thwaites, Ethan de Groot, Jermaine Ainsley, Josh Hohneck, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Ma'u
Locks: Maanaki Selby-Rickit, Josh Dickson, Bryn Evans, Max Hicks, Sam Caird
Loose forwards: James Lentjes, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Shannon Frizell, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Gareth Evans, Sean Withy
Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Folau Fakatava, Kayne Hammington
Flyhalves: Marty Banks, Mitchell Hunt
Centres: Fetuli Paea, Patelesio Tomkinson, Solomon Alaimalo, Thomas UmagaJensen, Ngatungane Punivai, Scott Gregory
Outside backs: Connor Garden-Bachop, Mosese Dawai, Vilimoni Koroi, Sam Gilbert, Josh Timu
IN: Gareth Evans, Marty Banks, Andrew Makalio, Moses Dawai, Rhys Marshall, Josh Timu, Sean Withy, Saula Ma'u, Max Hicks, Sam Caird
OUT: Josh Ioane, Ash Dixon, Siate Tokolahi, Kazuki Jimeno, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Michael Collins, Tom O'Malley, Jack Regan, Liam Squire
Hookers: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, James O'Reilly
Props: Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Xavier Numia, Tyrel Lomax, Pasilio Tosi, Pouri Rakete-Stones
Locks: James Blackwell, Dom Bird, Scott Scrafton, Justin Sangster
Loose forwards: Brayden Iose, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea, Tyler Laubscher, Devan Flanders, Caleb Delany, TK Howden
Halfbacks: Jamie Booth, TJ Perenara, Cam Roigard
Flyhalves: Aidan Morgan, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Ruben Love
Centres: Teihorangi Walden, Billy Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan
Outside backs: Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Pepesana Patafilo, Salesi Rayasi, Wes Goosen, Josh Moorby
IN: Dom Bird, Blake Gibson, Teihorangi Walder, Bailyn Sullivan, Pasilio Tosi, Justin Sangster, Tyler Laubscher, Aidan Morgan, Cam Roigard, Josh Moorby, Caleb Delany, TK Howden.
OUT: Ngani Laumape, Vince Aso, Vaea Fifita, Ricky Riccitelii, Gareth Evans, Simon Hickey, Lolagi Visinia, Jonathan Taumateine, Orbyn Leger, Danny Toala, Luke Campbell, Liam Mitchell, Kane Leaupepe, Fraser Armstrong.
Props: Cabous Eloff, Vaauli (Pone) Faamausili, Matt Gibbon, Cameron Orr, Rhys Van Nek
Hookers: James Hanson, Efi Maafu, Jordan Uelese
Locks: Ross Haylett-Petty, Trevor Hosea, Tom Nowlan, Matt Philip
Backrow: Richard Hardwick, Tamati Ioane, Josh Kemeny, Rob Leota, Michael Wells, Brad Wilkin
Halfbacks: Joe Powell, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle
Flyhalves: Carter Gordon
Centres: Stacey Ili, Ray Nu'u, Young Tonumaipea, Matt To'omua, Jeral Skelton
Outside backs: Lachlan Anderson, Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway, Joe Pincus, Ilikena Vudogo
IN: Tamati Ioane, Joe Pincus, Moses Sorovi, Efi Maafu, Matt Philip
OUT: Lucio Sordoni, Ignacio Calas, Steve Cummins, Lewis Holland, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus, Dane Haylett-Petty, Isi Naisarani, Marika Koroibete
Hookers: Ray Niuia, Sam Moli, Luteru Tolai
Props: Sekope Kepu, Isileli Tuungafasi, Joe Apikatoa, Tau Koloamatangi, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Chris Apoua
Locks: Don Lolo, Mike McKee, Veikoso Poliniati, Alex McRobbie
Loose Forwards: Henry Stowers, Jack Lam, Sione Tuipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Penitoa Finau, Lotu Inisi, Sam Slade, Alamanda Motuga
Halfbacks: Ereatara Enari, Jonathan Taumateine, Manu Paea
Flyhalves: Christian Lealifano, Lincoln McClutchie, William Havili
Centres: Levi Aumua, Danny Toala, Henry Taefu, Fine Inisi
Outside Backs: Lolagi Visinia, Neria Fomai, Tomasi Alosio, Solomone Kata, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tima Fainga’anuku, Anzelo Tuituvuki
Props: George Blake, Feao Fotuaika, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Taniela Tupou, Dane Zander
Hookers: Richie Asiata, Alex Mafi, Josh Nasser
Locks: Angus Blyth, Lopeti Faifua, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Ryan Smith, Tuaina Taii Tualima
Backrow: Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Seru Uru, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright
Halfbacks: Spencer Jeans, Tate McDermott, Kalani Thomas
Flyhalves: Lawson Creighton, Tom Lynagh, James O'Connor
Centres: Josh Flook, Isaac Henry, Hunter Paisami, Hamish Stewart
Outside backs: Jock Campbell, Filipo Daugunu, Ilaisa Droasese, Mac Grealy, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu
IN: Spencer Jeans, Tom Lynagh, Lopeti Faifua. George Blake
OUT: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Bryce Hegarty, Moses Sorovi
Props: Angus Bell, Tiaan Taukipulu, Te Tera Faulkner, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ruan Smith, Archer Holz
Hookers: David Porecki, Tom Horton
Locks: Max Douglas, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Hugh Bokenham, Jeremy Williams
Backrow: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Lachie Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Michael Hooper, Will Harris, Hugh Sinclair, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson
Halfbacks: Jack Grant, Jake Gordon, Henry Robertson
Flyhalves: Will Harrison, Tane Edmed, Ben Donaldson
Centres: Joey Walton, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Mosese Tuipulotu
Outside Backs: Mark Nawaqanitawase, Alex Newsome, James Ramm, Tristan Reilly, Tevita Funa, Dylan Pietsch
IN: Ruan Smith, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Tevita Funa, Dylan Pietsch, Archer Holz, Hugh Bokenham
OUT: Robbie Abel, Chris Talakai, Jack Whetton, Sam Caird, Sam Wykes, Jack Dempsey, Tepai Moeroa, Jack Maddocks, Joe Cotton, Chris Tatola
Props: Bo Abra, Greg Holmes, Harry Lloyd, Santiago Medrano, Tom Robertson, Angus Wagner
Hookers: Feleti Kaitu'u, Andrew Ready, Jack Winchester
Locks: Ryan McCauley, Fergus Lee-Warner, Jackson Pugh, Izack Rodda, Sitaleki Timani, Jeremy Thrush
Backrow: Tim Anstee, Ollie Callan, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander
Halfbacks: Isaac Fines-Leleiwasa, Michael McDonald, Ian Prior
Flyhalves: Jake McIntrye, Reejan Pasitoa
Centres: Kyle Godwin, Richard Kahui, Bayley Kuenzle, Grason Makara
Outside backs: Daniel Ala, Brad Lacey, Manasa Mataele, Jack McGregor, Toni Pulu, Byron Ralston, Jake Strachan, Reece Tapine
IN: Daniel Ala, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Bayley Kuenzle, Harry Lloyd, Manasa Mataele, Reesjan Pasitoa and Reece Tapine.
OUT: Marcel Brache, Tomas Cubelli, Rob Kearney, Tevita Kuridrani, Jono Lance, Tomas Lezana, Kieran Longbottom, Domingo Miotti, Jordan Olowofela, Jonah Placid and Henry Taefu
The format is pretty close to the old Pro14 format in that:
The competition structure for Super Rugby Pacific is as follows:
The derby game set ups are interesting for Fiji Drua and Moana Pacifica
for example Moana play Chiefs, Blue and Crusades twice (ouch)
while Drua play Waratahs, Brumbies and Rebels twice
Blues play, moana, highlanders and chiefs twice... which is probably the easiest draw they could have gotten
so while not exactly meritocratic, id imagine these derbies will be spread around in the coming years so over time they will balance out.
oh, and the only way to view this legally in ireland / UK is on Amazon prime :D
When was that announced?
The Sanzaar website has no U.K./Irish broadcaster listed, last year we got a last minute deal with RugbyPass for the NZ/Trans-Tasman legs with the Australian games on World Rugby’s website. Clearly that was a one off arrangement, but I would have thought that with the Rugby Championship gone back to Sky this would have went there too.
both the UK and Ireland Prime ?
That's good, hopefully prime keep the no-commentator option, watching the Autumn internationals last year was heavenly
subject to change of course, but currently amazon prime is the broadcaster for ireland / UK
im not sure if rugby pass will be included as a streaming option, given that prime is a streaming service itself, and id imagine would have exclusivity
I think that’s coming from here?
Possible a gun may have been jumped by Rugby AU as there’s been no official announcement as of yet although it seems Sky don’t have the rights. Good spot if true though.
actually coming from here, but seems to be a copy and paste
When does this kick off? Looking forward to seeing how Segner goes for the Blues. First German to play Super Rugby.
SUPER RUGBY MOVES TO QUEENSTOWN
The six New Zealand based Super Rugby Clubs, working with New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Players Association have agreed to move into a Queenstown bubble from Tuesday 8 February. We believe this is the most practical way to operate given the high infection risk posed by COVID/ Omicron and in the current public health settings.
This bubble set-up will also allow us to go some way to fulfilling our obligations to broadcast, commercial and other partners, and allow fans to enjoy Super Rugby Pacific 2022.
It is expected that this bubble will last until the completion of round 3 at which time teams will return to their home cities and venues for the remainder of the competition.
Kicks off Friday 18th
Irish times shown above
Is that app good?
for €25 a year... absolutely.
real time updates for games alone is worth it imo, plus on top of that you get all professional leagues, u20s, womens.. domestic SA, Aus, Nz etc with line ups , stats, news etc
Preseason game tomorrow
Highlanders v Crusaders – Friday 4th February, Weston Park
Luca Inch, Rhys Marshall, Flynn Thomas, Josh Hohneck, Saula Mau, Sam Caird, Fabian Holland, Sam Fischli, Sean Withy, Christian Lio-Willie, Kayne Hammington, Nathan Hastie, Marty Banks, Cam Millar, Vereniki Tikoisolomone, Ngatungane Punivai, Josh Timu, Rory Van Vugt
Crusaders team to play the Highlanders (First Half):
1. Finlay Brewis
2. Shilo Klein
3. Fletcher Newell / Tamaiti Williams
4. Antonio Shalfoon
5. Mitchell Dunshea
6. Josh Kaifa / Jacob Norris
7. Tom Christie
8. Pablo Matera
9. Bryn Hall (C)
10. Fergus Burke
11. Kini Naholo
12. Dallas McLeod
13. Isaiah Punivai
14. Freedom Vahaakolo
15. Chay Fihaki
Crusaders team to play the Highlanders (Second Half):
1. Abraham Pole / Seb Calder
2. Brodie McAlister / Kianu Kereru-Symes
3. Oli Jager
4. Quinten Strange (C)
5. Antonio Shalfoon
6. Dominic Gardiner
7. Corey Kellow
8. Cullen Grace
9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
10. Simon Hickey / Lucas Cashmore
11. Daniel Rona
12. Isaiah Punivai / Taine Robinson
13. Inga Finau
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Macca Springer
Waisake Naholo in for presason training, but not officially part of the squad.
Drua beat rebels in preseason game
Hopefully a sign of things to come
Looks like it’s not Amazon after all, seems to be a similar deal to last year but streaming on a dedicated Sanzaar player rather than on RugbyPass. Seems to be priced at £50 Sterling.
I wonder are the matches stored on their to watch later? 50 quid isnt bad but the time zone really limits watching
You'll get all the highlights free on Youtube.
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Saw this mornings game live. Twas great.
40 : 10 to the Tahs. Not a great look. People constantly bitch about the massive mismatches in the URC but its in every league
Quite a typical first game of season there with both sides very rusty. Lots of errors and poor discipline but not a terrible game overall.
Not a whole lot between either team but Chiefs were clinical with the opportunities they had while Highlanders, like much of last season, had no composure in the 22 and threw away numerous chances. Can't judge too much off one game but I worry they'll struggle this season especially with Nareki missing and some big players gone.
Loved the backdrop to the stadium