@kiwimurph What will probably hurt the Crusaders most is the unavailability of Moody and Franks until some time in May (and to a lesser extent Dagg's injury). Crockett and Ala'alato are fine replacements; I'm not so sure about the players who take their spots on the bench though.
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RE: Crusaders 2018
RE: NH club rugby
Ouch! Just saw this video of Angoulême player Lucas Martin Caneda taking an opponent from Mont-de-Marsan out of the air in the French ProD2 competition. It's a miracle that the tackled player was able to walk off the field by himself, considering the way he landed. Obviously, a red card. He got an eight week suspension.
RE: Taranaki v Tasman Semi
1 Tim Perry ( C )
2 Andrew Makalio
3 Tyrel Lomax
4 Alex Ainley
5 Shannon Frizell
6 Ethan Blackadder
7 Vernon Fredericks
8 Jordan Taufua
9 Finlay Christie
10 Mitch Hunt
11 James Lowe
12 Alex Nankivell
13 Levi Aumua
14 Tima Faingaanuku
15 Will Jordan
16 Tom Hill
17 Ti’i Paulo
18 Suia Halanukonuka
19 Braden Stewart
20 Pete Samu
21 Ben Finau
22 Tim O’Malley
23 Trael Joass
RE: Exodus 2017
Pita Ahki has signed with Connacht. Media release doesn't say for how long.
That probably also means that the Black Ferns 7s lose Kayla McAlister, a bigger loss to NZ rugby than Ahki.
RE: Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc
Josh Dickson & Josh Renton have signed with Otago until 2019 & 2018 respectively.
Taranaki v Tasman Semi
15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Declan O'Donnell, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 Charlie Ngatai (c), 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi,
8 Toa Halafihi, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Pita-Gus Sowakula, 5 Leon Power, 4 Kane Thompson, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Mitchell Graham.
16 Donald Maka, 17 Jared Proffit, 18 Reuben O'Neill, 19 Fin Hoeata, 20 Adrian Wyrill, 21 Kylem O'Donnell, 22 Johnny Fa'auli, 23 Jackson Ormond.
RE: 2017-18 World Sevens Series
Sherwin Stowers announces retirement from rugby
Sevens stalwart Sherwin Stowers has today announced his retirement from professional rugby after a prominent career for the All Blacks Sevens and Counties Manukau Steelers. Stowers debuted for New Zealand as an 18-year-old in Dubai in 2004. Since then he has made 38 tournament appearances and scored 126 tries, the fourth-most by any New Zealand player. Stowers has four World Series victories, Commonwealth Games gold and silver medals and a World Rugby Sevens World Cup title to his name. Stowers said after achieving so much in his rugby career, the time was right to turn his focus to home. "I decided that after nine seasons with the All Blacks Sevens team it’s time to retire and focus on my family, and being a dad. "With two young kids at home I wasn’t able to give as much to them as I would have liked between training, recovery, camps and travel. I would be doing the team an injustice if I kept playing without giving 110 per cent which I have always strived to do." Stowers paid tribute to his family in remembering an exciting career in the black jersey.
Outside of Sevens, Stowers played 78 matches for the Counties Manukau Steelers and he has 18 caps for the Blues Super Rugby club.
RE: Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc
Remember, of the Super rugby franchises,
- Otago is down in the Championship,
- Wellington is down as well
- Waikato just went down
- Auckland escaped going down by the skin of their teeth
- Canterbury hasn't yet looked like sliding down
Going down is not a sign of poor management, it's a reality, and it shows the value of talent being pushed around all the provinces. I see this as a real strength of the current setup.
That said, it's pretty embarassing... I expected Auckland to get relegated, and it triggered a lot of trolling in the media and online
Super Rugby franchises? You mean the SR home base unions?