New and experienced talent set to light up 2018 Investec Super Rugby
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There are nine sets of siblings – the Barretts, Beauden and Jordie (Hurricanes), and Scott (Crusaders); Rieko and Akira Ioane (Blues), Anton (Chiefs) and Daniel (Highlanders) Lienert-Brown; Damian and Marty McKenzie (Chiefs), Dan (Highlanders) and Kara (Blues) Pryor, Ardie and Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Sam (Crusaders) and Luke (Highlanders) Whitelock and twins Peter (Hurricanes) and Thomas (Highlanders) Umaga-Jensen and Jack (Crusaders) and Josh (Blues) Goodhue.
Thirteen of those named today were part of the World Champion winning New Zealand Under 20 side – Dalton Papalii, Stephen Perofeta, Caleb Clarke and Tamati Tua (Blues), Tiaan Falcon and Luke Jacobson (Chiefs), Alex Fidow, Asafo Aumua and Isaia Walker-Leawere (Hurricanes), Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan (Crusaders) and Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Josh McKay (Highlanders).
The @BrisbaneTens will be back bigger and better in 2018!
READ: https://t.co/r2DPz4lhqH#BrisbaneTens pic.twitter.com/rX5mJGb137— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) September 26, 2017
Caleb Clarke gets another mention in the record books – at 18, he will enter the 2018 season as the youngest contracted player, with Tasman stalwart and captain, Alex Ainley returning for another season with the Highlanders, and who at 36, is at the other end of the birthday list. Another seasoned veteran - Mike Delany, who last played Super Rugby in 2011 for the Chiefs, has come back from a stint overseas to play a critical role for Bay of Plenty in this year's Mitre 10 Cup, and earning himself a seat at the Crusaders' table.
Check out the home draw for YOUR side for the 2018 #SuperRugby season!
MORE: https://t.co/Qt6TQP6DDD pic.twitter.com/sFTDv19lLO— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) September 22, 2017
We clearly saw some players playing out of their skin during this year’s Mitre 10 Cup and it’s awesome to see them force their way into Super Rugby clubs for next year.
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