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Super Rugby class of 2019 ready for action

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018    allblacks.com    Getty Images

The two-day induction plays an important role in ensuring players are ready to cope with all of the off-field pressures that come with being full-time professional rugby players. 

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From mental well-being and de-stressing, to money management and social media guidance and more, players are given the chance to learn, contribute and talk about topics that may affect them during their Super Rugby careers.

In total, there are 33 players who have signed New Zealand Super Rugby contracts for the first time in 2019.

Throughout the 2019 season, the Super Rugby NZ website and social media channels will keep a close eye on the progress of the ‘rookies’ and rank the top three rookies following each round.

A leader board will keep track of the leading rookies and a Super Rugby Rookie of the Year will be crowned at the end of the season as judged by Super Rugby writers.
The new recruits who have signed Super Rugby contracts for the first time are:

Blues:
Karl Tu’inkuafe, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Jacob Pierce, Tom Robinson, Marcel Renata, Hoskins Sotutu, Harry Plummer, Tanielu Tele'a

Chiefs:
Reuben O’Neill, Pita Gus Sowakula, Laghlan McWhannell, Jack Debreczeni (first contract for a NZ team), Tumua Manu, Bailyn Sullivan, Etene Nanai-Seturo

Hurricanes:
Fraser Armstrong, Liam Mitchell, Du Plessis Kirifi, Richard Judd, Billy Proctor, Salesi Rayasi

Crusaders:

Whetu Douglas, Leicester Faingaanuku, Harrison Allan, Brett Cameron, Ngane Punavai

Highlanders:

Ayden Johnstone, Sef Fa’agase (first contract for a NZ team), Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Josh Iosefa Scott, Ray Niuia, Jack Whetton, Folau Fakatava