Ebene News – AU – 10 new Super Rugby players to watch in 2021: Rookies, test stars and cricket talent

NOTICE: Super Rugby Aotearoa returns for its second installment after a successful first round in 2020

The Kiwi competition kicked off once the rugby season was able to restart after the Covid-19 pandemic, now 26 new players have signed with the five New Zealand franchises for 2021

There are rookies getting their first glimpse of the professional game, provincial players finally making their way to the top, and seasoned internationals keen to make their way through the New Zealand elite

In 2020, 46 new players signed up for New Zealand franchises due to typical player exodus after a World Cup cycle

Stuff has selected 10 new faces to watch out for in 2021 – two on each side

Darry’s move to Auckland runs counter to the Blues’ tendency to lose talent in their region They’ve nipped one at the crossroads

The 20-year-old from Christchurch, a product of Christ’s College, rose through the ranks with the Crusader Academy He was shortlisted for the New Zealand Schools Team and Under-20 Program, and played for Canterbury in last year’s Miter Cup 10

Would the defending champions Crusaders be the next natural step in the lock’s promising progression? Not enough

Blues coach Leon MacDonald called Darry, asked him if he felt like heading north, and he signed a three-year contract before making his Miter 10 Cup debut


Any youngster who offered himself a Super Rugby contract before donning the provincial colors is clearly very much appreciated, but his decision to switch to the Blues was interesting as he was wanted by the Crusaders, who for once could not keep one of their local talents

Who will play back for the Blues with All Blacks star playmaker Beauden Barrett in Japan?

The Blues have no shortage of exciting and talented substitutes, but it’s unclear which of them will wear the No.15 jersey in their opener against the Hurricanes in the capital next Saturday night

Sullivan, the Chiefs’ younger brother outside full-back Bailyn, who also attended King’s College in Auckland, is one such candidate, in his first year as a professional

The 20-year-old, who trained with the Blues in the first edition of Super Rugby Aotearoa, was Auckland full-back in his run to last year’s premier and impressed by his skills, his athleticism and his composure

He was a first five-eighth as a schoolboy, playing for the New Zealand schools team, and was in New Zealand’s Under-20s last year before Covid-19 quit the game

Lord has been on the Chiefs ‘radar since he excelled as a schoolboy for Hamilton Boys’ High and qualified for Super Rugby after two provincial campaigns with Taranaki

The 2The lock at 02m is a workhorse, which he demonstrated throughout the Miter 10 Cup, and his height and reach are invaluable assets for any roster

He was brilliant for Amber and Blacks last season and has made great strides with his performances

The Chiefs have seriously missed Brodie Retallick in their second row, and while the All Blacks’ lockdown may return from Japan in time for the trans-Tasman competition slated for Super Rugby in May, his absence gives rookies like Lord, who celebrated his 20th birthday months, more opportunities

With young lock Waikato Laghlan McWhannell set to miss most of Super Rugby Aotearoa due to knee surgery, Lord is one of the original team’s three specialist fit locks, along with All Black Tupou Vaa’i and Naitoa Ah Kuoi

Roe’s return to Waikato last season, after two indifferent years with Taranaki, sparked the best form of his career and the Chiefs were quick to catch up with him

The 22-year-old, born in Hamilton but raised in Coromandel Town Pauanui, was the star of last year’s Miter 10 Cup first round, as the provinces had most of their All Blacks available

The Mooloos, inspired by a 33-point run from Damian McKenzie, went wild for a 53-28 win over Wellington, but Roe received most of the applause for his lively display when the All Blacks half-back TJ Perenara was his No. 9 opponent

Product Hamilton Boys’ High, a former New Zealand Under-20 representative, is a sharp and decisive operator with good acceleration, good passing and kicking play, and like any half-back classic, he likes a quick and fast run the ruck

All Black Brad Weber is the Chiefs’ outgoing half-back but Roe can certainly push Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, who made three tries in 2018, for a place in the 23

Fihaki, the youngest player on the Crusaders team, is not lacking in confidence His coach Scott Robertson has said he is “an incredibly skilled athlete who has the ability to create something from nothing”, magic he’ll need to make his way through the team

The 20-year-old outside full-back finished his debut season with Canterbury last year with a monstrous penalty-winning goal to beat Auckland, the city of his birth, in the dying seconds to save the Reds and Blacks from relegation to the championship, subject to the maintenance of the Miter 10 Cup format

Less than six minutes remained when Canterbury, who led 33-31, took a penalty just in Auckland halfway to the right and over 45 yards from the posts

That didn’t bother Fihaki, who effortlessly threw the ball over the bar and got back into position for the restart

Fihaki, who has Fijian heritage and attended a New Zealand under-20 program, graduated from Sacred Heart College in Auckland but ended up in Canterbury

Punivai only turned 20 last December, but his career has already included a famous essay, which is set to feature in pub quizzes for years to come, and a controversial move, via a rugby scholarship , from Christ’s College in Christchurch to play for Auckland’s St Kentigern College Premier XV of his last school year

The Canterbury midfielder, who was on the full-back roster when the teams were announced, has his chance with the defending champions after his Miter 10 Cup debut last season

The younger brother of Ngane Punivai, who left the Crusaders for the Highlanders last year, Isaiah made history with his winning try for Canterbury against Wellington last October, scoring the deciding points in overtime to clinch victory in the first gold medal points match in the national provincial competition

Punivai led the New Zealand High Schools and Canterbury Under 19 team and has all the skills and talent to thrive in a thriving Crusader environment

Like his Canterbury teammate Fihaki, breaking the Crusaders squad will be a tall order due to the depth of quality they have, but his versatility could work in his favor

Vahaakolo was not among the initially contracted players who signed last December, but his story is too compelling to ignore

The Highlanders couldn’t ignore it either, offering the 23-year-old a short-term contract after an impressive first season for Otago in the Miter 10 Cup last year.

The powerful Ōtara winger was homeless when he was 15, but his reunion with his family helped change his life before he finished his studies at Auckland Grammar

“I used to sleep in a bush west of Auckland,” he told Stuff last October. “I’m not going to sit here and pretend no one is on me. offers to help me “

Sam Gilbert, another Highlanders rookie, is recovering from a serious knee injury and this has opened the door for Vahaakolo, who could have plenty of opportunities in the final three if Jona Nareki and Vilimoni Koroi commit to win a gold medal at seven at the Tokyo Olympics

There are a host of talented forwards on the loose in New Zealand, but the Highlanders need to be sure Himeno can have a telling impact, similar to his sensational performances for Japan in their historic World Cup campaign. at home in 2019

The Japanese test star, who can play through the back row, is in the Deep South on a one-year contract and will definitely play with his heart on his sleeve

The 26-year-old was a talismanic figure in Japan’s memorable race to the quarter-finals, when Highlanders coach Tony Brown was Jamie Joseph’s assistant, and his dynamic playstyle should make him a popular figure with fans and his teammates

He joins the Highlanders from Toyota Verblitz from the Japanese Top League side and is expected to take over once he completes two weeks in managed isolation and will train with the squad from Monday, four days before their first game against the Crusaders next Friday night

This first game might be too soon for the cowardly lionhearted forward, who got a visa amid all the chaos caused by Covid-19, but he’ll be eager for the chance to topple defenders kiwis like pinball machines

Campbell finally gets his chance at Super Rugby after five Miter 10 Cup campaigns with Bay of Plenty and returns home to Wellington, where he previously played in the first XV for Wellington College

The 26-year-old half-back has been in larger Chiefs squads but never made the grade in Hamilton

The Hurricanes gave Campbell a chance, more than four years after leaving the capital, and he’s set to play a big role in the absence of Jamie Booth (broken leg) and TJ Perenara (Japan)

Ironically, it was new Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan who signed Campbell to Bay of Plenty in 2016.He played a key role in the province’s recent success, including his promotion to Premier

The Hurricanes No.9 jersey is up for grabs and Campbell will compete for it with Jonathan Taumateine, who left the Chiefs for the Canes last year but barely presented

Imagine being in a position where you could choose between a professional career in rugby or cricket.As new Hurricanes teammate Jordie Barrett and Kaylum Boshier, rookie Chiefs let go of the forward and Lachlan’s younger brother, Love is another multitalented sports star with this luxury

The 19-year-old is originally from Palmerston North and played the first XV there, but he moved to the capital for his athletic career

He played for New Zealand’s Under-19 cricket team in 2019, but made his debut for Wellington in the Miter 10 Cup the following year

His decision to go for rugby over cricket seems wise as his transition to the Lions went smoothly, playing at the back, but he is also a competent top five and was part of the squad New Zealand schools, as well as New Zealand Maoris rugby and cricket under-18 teams

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Ebene News – AU – The 10 new Super Rugby players to follow in 2021: Rookies, test stars and cricket talent

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