February 9, 2015 / 7:02 AM / 3 years ago

FACTBOX-Rugby-New Zealand Super Rugby teams

WELLINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Factbox on the five New
Zealand teams in the southern hemisphere's Super Rugby
competition:
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    CANTERBURY CRUSADERS
    Coach: Todd Blackadder (seventh year)
    Captain: Kieran Read
    Last year's finish: Runners-up (W-11, L-5)
    Best performance: Champions (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005,
2006, 2008)
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    Forwards: Ben Funnell, Codie Taylor, Ged Robinson, Wyatt
Crockett, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Luke
Romano, Sam Whitelock, Domninic Bird, Jimmy Tupou, Scott
Barrett, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, 
Luke Whitelock.
    Backs: Andy Ellis, Willi Heinz, Mitchell Drummond, Daniel
Carter, Tom Taylor, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty, Robbie Fruean,
Kieran Fonotia, Johnny McNicholl, Joni Macilai, Nafi Tuitavake,
Nemani Nadolo, Israel Dagg 
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    WAIKATO CHIEFS
    Coach: Dave Rennie (fourth year)
    Captains: Liam Messam and Aaron Cruden
    Last year's finish: Fifth (W-8, D-2, L-6)
    Best performance: Champions (2012, 2013)
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    Forwards: Hikawera Elliot, Quentin MacDonald, Nathan Harris,
Rhys Marshall, Mitchell Graham, Jamie Mackintosh, Pauliasi Manu,
Ben Tameifuna, Siate Tokolahi, Michael Allardice, Mike
Fitzgerald, Matt Symons, Sam Cane, Johan Bardoul, Tevita
Kolomatangi, Michael Leitch, Liam Messam, Liam Squire, Sean
Polwart.
    Backs: Augustine Pulu, Brad Weber, Aaron Cruden, Andrew
Horrell, Tim Nanai-Williams, Charlie Ngatai, Seta Tamanivalu,
Sonny Bill Williams, James Lowe, Bryce Heem, Hosea Gear, Tom
Marshall, Damian McKenzie
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    OTAGO HIGHLANDERS
    Coach: Jamie Joseph (fifth year)
    Captains: Ben Smith and Nasi Manu 
    Last year's finish: Sixth (W-8, L-8)
    Best performance: Runners-up (1999)
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    Forwards: Kane Hames, Pingi Tala'apitaga, Ma'afu Fia, Ross
Geldenhuys, Josh Hohneck, Brendon Edmonds, Liam Coltman, Ash
Dixon, Tom Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Alex Ainley, Mark Reddish, Dan
Pryor, Gareth Evans, John Hardie, Shane Christie, Nasi Manu,
Elliot Dixon 
    Backs: Aaron Smith, Fumiaki Tanaka, Marty Banks, Lima
Sopoaga, Hayden Parker, Trent Renata, Shaun Treeby, Jason Emery,
Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Waisaka Naholo, Patrick
Osborne, Ben Smith, Kurt Baker
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    WELLINGTON HURRICANES
    Coach: Chris Boyd (first year)
    Captain: Conrad Smith
    Last year's finish: Seventh (W-8, L-8)
    Best performance: Runners-up (2006)
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    Forwards: Dane Coles, Motu Matu'u, Chris Eves, Ben Franks,
Reggie Goodes, Ben May, John Schwalger, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,
Mark Abbott, James Broadhurst, Geoff Cridge, Jeremy Thrush,
Christian Lloyd, Callum Gibbins, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Ardie Savea,
Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Victor Vito
    Backs: TJ Perenara, Chris Smylie, Beauden Barrett, James
Marshall, Vince Aso, Willis Halaholo, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith,
Cory Jane, Matt Proctor, Julian Savea, Nehe Milner-Skudder,
Jason Woodward
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    AUCKLAND BLUES
    Coach: John Kirwan (third year)
    Captain: Jerome Kaino
    Last year's finish: 10th (W-7, L-9)
    Best performance: Champions (1996, 1997, 2003)
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    Forwards: Keven Mealamu, James Parsons, Charlie Faumuina,
Sam Prattley, Angus Ta'avao, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Tony Woodcock,
Culum Retalick, Hayden Triggs, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis,
Jerome Kaino, Luke Braid, Steven Luatua, Brendon O'Connor, Joe
Edwards
    Backs: Jamison Gibson-Park, Bryn Hall, Jimmy Cowan, Simon
Hickey, Ihaia West, Dan Bowden, Francis Saili, Hamish Northcott,
Frank Halai, George Moala, Charles Piutau, Ben Lam, Pita Ahki,
Tevita Li, Lolagi Visinia
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 (Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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