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    EVERY squad CONFIRMED for 2023 season

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    With the international rugby season at an end it’s time for a quick pause before the return of the Super Rugby Pacific season in February 2023.

    All 12 teams have now confirmed their squads after the announcement of the Queensland Reds on Thursday.

    Here’s how the teams will line up in 2023.

    ACT Brumbies
    The ACT Brumbies have a new/old name and a new/old coach in Stephen Larkham, who has spoken about bringing a more attacking brand of rugby back to Canberra. They have lost Wallabies front rowers Scott Sio and Folau Fainga’a and backs Irae Simone and Tom Banks.

    Flyhalf Jack Debreczeni, centre Tamati Tua and outside-back Ben O’Donnell are the three new faces to Larkham’s squad, with six Brumbies pathways products being promoted into the club’s senior squad. Corey Toole also returns from rugby sevens.

    Larkham said: “We’re really pleased with the makeup of the squad and it’s great to have the majority of the group returning including the six pathways boys who all trained full-time last season.”

    “When you look at the squad, there’s genuine competition for places and depth in key positions, so everyone will need to earn selection week to week which is what you need to be successful.

    “We want this group to belong to our ACT community, we want to make heroes out of these players and I think with the broad range of backgrounds, the journeys these players have been on to be at our club, it’s a squad that we believe the capital region will get behind.”


    Props: Allan Alaalatoa, Fred Kaihea, Sefo Kautai, Tom Ross, James Slipper, Harry Vella

    Hookers: 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, Charlie Cale

    Halfbacks: Ryan Lonergan, Nic White, Klayton Thorn

    Flyhalves: Noah Lolesio, Jack Debreczeni, Nathan Carroll

    Centres: Hudson Creighton, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Len Ikitau, Ollie Sapsford, Tamati Tua

    Outside backs: Jesse Mogg, Andy Muirhead, Tom Wright, Declan Meredith, Ben O’Donnell, Corey Toole

    INS: Declan Meredith, Charlie Cale, Harry Vella (all pathways), Ben O’Donnell (Connacht), Jack Debreczeni (Hino Red Dolphins), Corey Toole (Aus Sevens), Tamati Tua (Blues).

    OUTS: Scott Sio (Exeter Chiefs), Irae Simone (Clermont), Tom Banks (Japan TBC), Folau Fainga’a (Western Force), Rod Iona (MLR), Lachie Albert (TBC), Cam Clark (TBC).

    Melbourne Rebels
    The Rebels have lost their captain Michael Wells as well as their experienced Wallabies back Matt Too’mua while two youngsters are heading to the NRL. Italian Test player Monty Ioane is a notable pickup.


    Props: Jaiden Christian, Cabous Eloff, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Gibbon, Cameron Orr, Sam Talakai, Isaac Aedo Kailea

    Hookers: Jordan Uelese, Alex Mafi, Anaru Rangi, Theo Fourie

    Locks: Trevor Hosea, Matt Philip, Josh Canham, Tuiana Taii Tualima

    Backrow: Richard Hardwick, Zac Hough, Tamati Ioane, Josh Kemeny, Rob Leota, Brad Wilkin, Daniel Maiava

    Halfbacks: Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle, Ryan Louwrens

    Flyhalves: Carter Gordon, Mason Gordon, Nick Jooste

    Centres: David Feliuai, Stacey Ili, Lebron Naea, Ray Nu’u, Lukas Ripley, David Vaihu

    Outside backs: Lachlan Anderson, Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway, Joe Pincus, Ilikena Vudogo, Glen Vaihu, Lachie Anderson, Monty Ioane

    INS: Sam Talakai (Tokyo Sungoliath), Alex Mafi (Reds), Anaru Rangi (Shining Arcs), Tuaina Taii Tualima (Reds), Ryan Louwrens (Austin), Monty Ioane (Benetton), Jaiden Christian, Theo Fourie, Zac Hough, David Feliuai, David Vaihu

    OUTS: Michael Wells (Force), Sef Fa’agase (Reds), James Hanson (TBC), Efi Maafu (Rouen), Ross Haylett-Petty (TBC), Young Tonumaipea (Melbourne Storm), Jeral Skelton (Canterbury Bankstown), Matt To’omua (Japan), Joe Powell (London Irish), Josh Hill (TBC), Rhys Van Nek (TBC), Tom Nowlan, Divad Palu,

    NSW Waratahs
    Darren Coleman made an instant impact last season, raising performances and fan expectations. Welsh veteran Jamie Roberts has moved on along with a long list of other players, but Coleman has again leaned into experience by bringing in the likes of Kurtley Beale and Fijian veteran Nemani Nadolo. The selection that has raised most eyebrows is that of Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu, who comes home after a controversial and difficult time in France.

    The second-row stocks have been bolstered with a mixture of youth and experience with the signings of Taleni Seu (Chiefs), Zac Von Appen (Sydney Uni), and Zane Marolt (ACT Brumbies).

    Harrison Goddard adds depth at scrumhalf, linking up with Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman whom he won two titles in two seasons under at Gordon and the LA Giltinis in Major League Rugby.

    The Waratahs’ development pathway continues to provide the side plenty of talent, with Teddy Wilson, Harry Wilson, Ben Dowling, and Jack Bowen all promoted into the full-time playing squad for the 2023 season.

    Max Jorgensen joins the side for pre-season after graduating through the Waratahs Gen Blue Academy Pathway where he has played a starring role since the U15 age level.


    Props: Angus Bell, Tiaan Taukipulu, Te Tera Faulkner, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Archer Holz, Tom Lambert

    Hookers: David Porecki, Tolu Latu, Mahe Vailanu

    Locks: Jed Holloway, Taleni Seu, Zac Von Appen, Zane Marolt, Hugh Sinclair

    Backrow: , Lachie Swinton, Michael Hooper, Will Harris, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson, Ned Hanigan

    Halfbacks: Jake Gordon, Harrison Goddard, Teddy Wilson

    Flyhalves: Will Harrison, Tane Edmed, Ben Donaldson, Jack Bowen

    Centres: Joey Walton, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Mosese Tuipulotu

    Outside Backs: Mark Nawaqanitawase, Kurtley Beale, Dylan Pietsch, Nemani Nadolo, Harry Wilson, Ben Dowling, Max Jorgensen

    INS: Kurtley Beale (Racing 92), Tolu Latu (Stade Français), Tom Lambert (Glasgow Warriors), Nemani Nadolo (Leicester Tigers), Harrison Goddard (LA Giltinis), Taleni Seu (Toyota Industries Shuttles), Zac Von Appen, Zane Marolt, Max Jorgensen (Academy).

    OUTS: Alex Newsome (Clermont), Jeremy Williams (Force), Jamie Roberts (TBC), Henry Robertson (Force), Ruan Smith (Lions SA), Geoff Cridge (Bayonne), Tom Horton (Leicester Tigers), Max Douglas (Japan), Hugh Bokenham (TBC), Carlo Tizzano (Ealing Trailfinders), Jack Grant (Ealing Trailfinders), James Ramm (Northampton Saints), Triston Reilly (Wests Tigers – NRL), Tevita Funa (TBC), Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco.

    Queensland Reds

    Queensland’s roster remains largely unchanged from last year’s campaign, with just three players from outside the 2022 program – Luke Jones, Connor Anderson and Phransis Sula-Siaosi – added to the 37-man squad.

    More than 90 percent of the squad (34 players) have made their way to Super Rugby through the Queensland Rugby pathway, having represented Queensland at U18s or U20s level, or played in the StoreLocal Hospital Challenge Cup, National Rugby Championship or Queensland Rugby Challenger Series.

    The squad is Queensland’s most experienced in five-years with the roster boasting 1067 Super Rugby caps.


    Props: Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Taniela Tupou, Dane Zander, Sef Fa’agase, Phransis Sula-Siaosi

    Hookers: Richie Asiata, Josh Nasser, Matt Faessler, George Blake

    Locks: Angus Blyth, Lopeti Faifua, Ryan Smith, Luke Jones, Wilson Blyth, Connor Vest

    Backrow: Fraser McReight, Seru Uru, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Connor Anderson, Keynan Tauakipulu

    Halfbacks: Spencer Jeans, Tate McDermott, Kalani Thomas

    Flyhalves: Lawson Creighton, Tom Lynagh, James O’Connor

    Centres: Josh Flook, Isaac Henry, Hunter Paisami

    Outside backs: Jock Campbell, Filipo Daugunu, Mac Grealy, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu, Floyd Aubrey

    INS: Luke Jones (Racing 92), Phransis Sula-Siaosi, Connor Anderson

    OUTS: Feao Fotuaika (TBC), Alex Mafi (Rebels), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Northampton), Angus Scott-Young (Northampton), Tuaina Taii Tualima (Rebels), Hamish Stewart (Force)

    Western Force
    New coach Simon Cron has reshaped the team in pursuit of a move up the table.

    The former junior Wallabies coach, Waratahs assistant and Shute Shield winning coach with Norths has been with Toyota Verblitz where he worked under New Zealand World Cup-winning coach Steve Hansen.

    Cron has enlisted a wealth of youth, dropping the squad’s average age from 27 to 24. Cron has significant trust in the experience of his hand picked coaching staff to shape the young talent throughout the season.

    The squad includes four capped Wallabies Folau Fainga’a, Izack Rodda, Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, and Argentinian Prop Santiago Medrano. A further seven players represented Australia A this year, including Tim Anstee, Jeremy Williams, Ollie Callan, Jackson Pugh, Bayley Kuenzle and Hamish Stewart.


    Props: Bo Abra, , Tom Robertson, Angus Wagner, Sifa Amone, Andrew Romano, Santiago Medrano, Charlie Hancock, Wilton Rebolo

    Hookers: Feleti Kaitu’u, Jack Winchester, Folau Fainga’a

    Locks: Ryan McCauley, Izack Rodda, Jeremy Williams, Will Sankey, Felix Kalapu

    Backrow: Jackson Pugh, Tim Anstee, Ollie Callan, Kane Koteka, Michael Wells, Ned Slack-Smith

    Halfbacks: Isaac Fines-Leleiwasa, Ian Prior, Henry Robertson

    Flyhalves: Reejan Pasitoa, Hamish Stewart, Bryce Hegarty

    Centres: Bayley Kuenzle, Grason Makara, George Poolman, Oliver Cummins, Sam Spink

    Outside backs: Daniel Ala, Manasa Mataele, Toni Pulu, Jake Strachan, Reece Tapine, Chase Tiatia, Rupeni Mataele

    INS: Chase Tiatia (Hawke’s Bay), Bryce Hegarty (Leicester Tigers), Henry Robertson (Waratahs), Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies), Jeremy Williams (Waratahs), Michael Wells (Rebels), Sifa Amone (Academy), George Poolman (Academy), Andrew Romano (Academy), Rupeni Mataele (Academy), Ned Slack-Smith (Academy), Felix Kalapu (Old Glory DC), Charlie Hancock, Jackson Pugh, Oliver Cummins, Sam Psink (Wasps), Wilton Rebolo (New York).

    OUTS: Greg Holmes (retired), Jeremy Thrush (retired), Richard Kahui (retired), Brynard Stander (TBC), Kyle Godwin (Lyon), Fergus Lee-Warner (Worcester Warriors), Andrew Ready (Colomiers), Brad Lacey (TBC), Byron Ralston (Connacht), Jack McGregor (TBC), Jake McIntyre (France), Michael McDonald (Ulster), Sitaleki Timani, Harry Lloyd, Jackson Pugh.

    Fijian Drua
    The Drua have signed gold-medal winning Olympian and Rugby 7s World Cup winner Iosefo Masi, who joins the Drua after a short stint with the North Queensland Cowboys. Joining him is robust Suva backrower and fellow 7s World Cup winner Elia Canakaivata.

    Flying Fijians prop Mesake Doge returns home from Europe (Dragons and Brive) to bring valuable experience to the Drua front row in 2023. Other new players to watch in 2023 include former Melbourne Rebels squad member Emosi Tuqiri and impressive centre Michael Naitokani (Fijian Warriors and Nadroga).


    Props: Mesake Doge , Haereiti Hetet, Jone Koroiduadua, Meli Tuni, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Samuela Tawake, Timoci Sauvoli, Mesake Doge, Emosi Tuqiri

    Hookers: Mesu Dolokoto, Tevita Ikanivere, Zuriel Togiatama

    Locks: Chris Minimbi, Ratu Rotuisolia, Sorovakatini Tuifagalele, Isoa Nasilasila

    Backrow: Joseva Tamani, Kitione Salawa, Meli Derenalagi, Raikabula Momoedonu, Rusiate Nasove, Vilive Miramira, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Elia Canakaivata

    Halfbacks: Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli, Frank Lomani

    Flyhalves: Teti Tela, Caleb Muntz

    Centres: Apisalome Vota, Kalione Nasoko, , Michael Naitokani, Iosefo Masi

    Outside Backs: Vinaya Habosi, Kitione Taliga, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Ilaisa Droasese.

    INS: Timoci Sauvoli (France), Mesake Doge (Dragons WAL), Iosefo Masi (Nth Qld Cowboys), Elia Canakaivata (sevens), Emosi Tuqiri, Michael Naitokani (Fijian Warriors), Mesake Doge, Isoa Nasilasila, Frank Lomani, Caleb Muntz, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Kalaveti Ravouvou

    OUTS: Onisi Ratave (Benetton), Manasa Saulo, Viliame Rarasea, Nemani Nagusa, Isoa Nasilasila, Leone Nawai, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Seru Vularika, Napolioni Bolaca,

    Last year’s beaten finalists added three youngsters to their list for 2023 including blindside flanker Rob Rush, son of former All Black and Sevens legend, Eric Rush. The others are prop Josh Fusitu’a and outside back Caleb Tangitau.

    “Obviously we want to go one further, I know the boys will come into Blues HQ ready to hit the pre-season with some purpose – we know the hard work starts this side of Christmas,” said coach Leon MacDonald.

    “We took some really promising strides last season, so for me as a coach it’s about building on what went well while also bringing some fresh thinking and ideas to the table.”


    Props: Alex Hodgman, James Lay, Ofa Tuungafasi, Marcel Renata, Nepo Laulala, Josh Fusitu’a

    Hookers: Kurt Eklund, Soane Vikena, Ricky Riccitelli

    Locks: James Tucker, Sam Darry, Patrick Tuipulotu

    Loose forwards: Taine Plumtree, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papali’i, Anton Segner, Hoskins Sotutu, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat, Rob Rush

    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

    Outside backs: Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Zarn Sullivan, Caleb Tangitau.

    INS: Patrick Tuipulotu (Toyota Verblitz), Josh Fusitu’a (Academy), Rob Rush, Caleb Tangitau

    OUTS: Karl Tu’inukuafe (Montpellier), Josh Goodhue, Luke Romano, Tamati Tua

    All Black Damian McKenzie returns from Japan to bolster the Chiefs but it offset somewhat by the loss of Jonah Lowe.

    Of the 38 players named; 15 have run out in the All Blacks jersey, seven are in the current All Blacks squad, and five in the All Blacks XV.

    Coach Clayton McMillan said: “There is a lot of consistency in our selection with only four new recruits, and the return of fan favourite Damian McKenzie, as additions to the squad. This is reflected in our belief that we are trending in the right direction. Our relatively young squad is maturing nicely and we have developed genuine cohesion and depth across the squad. We look forward to getting into our work over the summer and hitting the ground running in front of our loyal fans next year.”

    Of the new additions, two are transfers from the Highlanders – Ngantungane Punivai and Manaaki Selby-Rickit.


    Props: Aidan Ross, Atunaisa Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Ollie Norris, Jared Proffit, George Dyer

    Hookers: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Bradley Slater, Tyrone Thompson

    Locks: Tupou Vaa’i, Brodie Retallick, Laghlan McWhannell, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Josh Lord, Manaaki Selby-Rickit

    Loose Forwards: Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Simon Parker, Pita Gus Sowakula, Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau

    Halfbacks: Brad Weber, Xavier Roe, Cortez Ratima

    Flyhalves: Bryn Gatland, Josh Ioane

    Centres: Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi, Gideon Wrampling

    Outside backs: Damian McKenzie, Emoni Narawa, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Shaun Stevenson, Rivez Reihana, Ngantungane Punivai, Peniasi Malimali

    INS: Damian McKenzie (Tokyo Sungoliath), George Dyer (Waikato), Peniasi Malimali (Counties Manukau), Jared Proffit (Taranaki), Ngantungane Punivai (Highlanders), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Highlanders)

    OUT: Chase Tiatia (Western Force), Jonah Lowe (Highlanders), Kaleb Trask (Honda Heat), Sione Mafileo, Reuben O’Neill, Mitchell Brown,

    While the core of the squad is maintained from 2022, the Hurricanes made five signings. Waikato outside Dan Sinkinson, Taranaki’s Kini Naholo and Manawatū’s Brett Cameron join the club for the first time, and Wellington up and comers, Riley Higgins and Peter Lakai sign their first professional Super Rugby contracts with the Hurricanes.


    Props: Tevita Mafileo, Xavier Numia, Tyrel Lomax, Pasilio Tosi, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Owen Franks

    Hookers: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Jacob Devery

    Locks: James Blackwell, Dominic Bird, Justin Sangster, Caleb Delany, Isaia Walker-Leawere

    Loose forwards: Brayden Iose, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Tyler Laubscher, Devan Flanders, Tekemaka Howden, Peter Lakai

    Halfbacks: Jamie Booth, TJ Perenara, Cam Roigard

    Flyhalves: Aidan Morgan, Brett Cameron

    Centres: Billy Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan, Riley Higgins

    Outside backs: Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Salesi Rayasi, Josh Moorby, Ruben Love, Dan Sinkinson, Kini Naholo

    INS: Brett Cameron (Kamaishi Seawaves), Riley Higgins, Peter Lakai (rookie), Kini Naholo, Dan Sinkinson

    OUTS: Alex Fidow,(TBC), James O’Reilly (TBC), Leni Apasai (Highlanders), Tom Parsons (TBC), Scott Scrafton (Benetton), Jackson Garden-Bachop (TBC), Teihorangi Walden (TBC), Wes Goosen (Edinburgh), Blake Gibson, Caleb Delany, Pepesana Patafilo,

    Some big names are departing the SRP defending champions but Scott Robertson has been able to bolsetr the team with some returning talent.

    Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach, said the 2023 squad represented a mix of old and new talent and was feeling confident ahead of the season kicking off in February.

    “We have a good balanced squad this year, with some seasoned veterans and an incredibly hard-working new crew of Crusaders,” Robertson said.

    “I’m proud of the group we’ve put together this season, and I know they’re all ready and excited to represent the Crusaders region on the big stage.”


    Props: Joe Moody, Oli Jager, Fletcher Newell, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Finlay Brewis

    Hookers: Codie Taylor, Brodie McAlister, George Bell

    Locks: Scott Barrett, Quinten Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Zach Gallagher

    Loose forwards: Tom Christie, Ethan Blackadder, Sione Havili, Cullen Grace, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow, Christian Lio-Willie

    Halfbacks: Mitch Drummond, Noah Hotham, Willi Heinz

    Flyhalves: Richie Mo’unga, Fergus Burke, Taha Kemara

    Centres: Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Dallas McLeod

    Outside backs: Chay Fihaki, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Pepesana Patafilo, Melani Nanai

    INS: Noah Hotham (Tasman Mako), Christian Lio-Willie (Highlanders), George Bell, Pepesana Patafilo (Hurricanes), Melani Nanai

    OUTS: Abraham Pole (Moana Pasifika), Pablo Matera, Bryn Hall (Shizuoka Blues), Inga Finau (Chiefs), George Bridge (Montpellier), Shilo Klein, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Simon Hickey, Isaiah Punivai, Kini Naholo

    The Highlanders will start the season with a new head coach in Clarke Dermody and he will be backed by former SR winning coach Chris Boyd.


    Props: Ayden Johnstone, Jeff Thwaites, Ethan de Groot, Jermaine Ainsley, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Ma’u, Luca Inch

    Hookers: Rhys Marshall, Andrew Makalio, Leni Apisai

    Locks: Josh Dickson, Max Hicks, Pari Pari Parkinson, Fabian Holland, Will Tucker

    Loose forwards: James Lentjes, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Shannon Frizell, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Sean Withy, Nikora Broughton

    Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Folau Fakatava, James Arscott

    Flyhalves: Marty Banks, Mitch Hunt, Cameron Millar

    Centres: Fetuli Paea, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Scott Gregory

    Outside backs: Connor Garden-Bachop, Mosese Dawai, Vilimoni Koroi, Sam Gilbert, Josh Timu, Jonah Lowe, Jona Nareki

    INS: James Arscott (Otago), Jonah Lowe (Chiefs), Cameron Millar, Nikora Broughton, Fabian Holland, Will Tucker (New York)

    OUTS: Liam Coltman (Lyon), Christian Lio-Willie (Crusaders), Kayne Hammington (TBC), Sio Tomkinson (Dragons WAL), Ngantungane Punivai (Chiefs), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (Chiefs), Solomon Alaimalo, Bryn Evans, Sam Caird, Gareth Evans

    Moana Pasifika
    It was a tough road for the team last season and they have made minimal changes to the squad for the new season.


    Props: Sekope Kepu, Isileli Tuungafasi, Joe Apikatoa, Tau Koloamatangi, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Chris Apoua, Abraham Pole

    Hookers: Ray Niuia, Sam Moli, Luteru Tolai

    Locks: Mike McKee, Alex McRobbie, Samuel Slade

    Loose Forwards: Jack Lam, Sione Tuipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Penitoa Finau, Lotu Inisi, Sam Slade, Alamanda Motuga, Michael Curry

    Halfbacks: Ereatara Enari, Jonathan Taumateine, Manu Paea

    Flyhalves: Christian Lealifano, D’Angelo Leuila, Lincoln McClutchie, William Havili

    Midfielders: Levi Aumua, Danny Toala, Henry Taefu, Fine Inisi

    Outside Backs: Lolagi Visinia, Neria Fomai, Tomasi Alosio, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tima Fainga’anuku, Anzelo Tuituvuki

    INS: Abraham Pole, Samuel Slade, Michael Curry, Miracle Fai’ilagi, D’Angelo Leuila ,

    OUTS: Henry Stowers (Benetton), Veikoso Poliniati (Racing 92), Solomone Kata (Exeter), Don Lolo.

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    INS: Chase Tiatia (Hawke’s Bay), Bryce Hegarty (Leicester Tigers), Henry Robertson (Waratahs), Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies), Jeremy Williams (Waratahs), Michael Wells (Rebels), Sifa Amone (Academy), George Poolman (Academy), Andrew Romano (Academy), Rupeni Mataele (Academy), Ned Slack-Smith (Academy), Felix Kalapu (Old Glory DC), Charlie Hancock, Jackson Pugh, Oliver Cummins, Sam Psink (Wasps), Wilton Rebolo (New York).

    OUTS: Greg Holmes (retired), Jeremy Thrush (retired), Richard Kahui (retired), Brynard Stander (TBC), Kyle Godwin (Lyon), Fergus Lee-Warner (Worcester Warriors), Andrew Ready (Colomiers), Brad Lacey (TBC), Byron Ralston (Connacht), Jack McGregor (TBC), Jake McIntyre (France), Michael McDonald (Ulster), Sitaleki Timani, Harry Lloyd, Jackson Pugh.

    Wow - when you see it like that......its a MASSIVE overhaul. Didn't realise. Probably not paying attention......

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    Jackson Pugh is listed as an 'out'

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd4 View Post
    Jackson Pugh is listed as an 'out'
    He's on the Force website as being in the 2023 squad list

    And on the Force website list as being in the squad

    He's even on the list as a backrow, but then also listed as an "Out".

    I expect it is just sloppy media work from RA...

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    He is listed as out and in.

    Maybe the person doing it was confused with his stint at Auckland for the NPC and return to the Force

    He was signed in June 2022 for two years.

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    Simon Cron: “People talk about winning and losing all the time and they are critical, but there’s a process to get into and it’s the ability to stay present, do your job and execute skills under pressure.”

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    and to further allay your fears, here he is recently at Aranmore College:

    Aranmore Catholic College receive the first Western Force rugby essential pack!

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    Simon Cron: “People talk about winning and losing all the time and they are critical, but there’s a process to get into and it’s the ability to stay present, do your job and execute skills under pressure.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    He is listed as out and in.
    He may have been eating an In-N-out burger at the time.... I'll see myself out

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    Quote Originally Posted by todd4 View Post
    Jackson Pugh is listed as an 'out'
    He's also listed with the backrowers

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    C'mon the

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