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Schalk Burger to make come back for Stormers

January 10th, 2007

South Africa and Stormers flanker Schalk Burger will make his comeback from a severe neck injury when he plays for the Stormers in a Super 14 warm-up game this weekend.

Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe has named Burger in his team to face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Burger, the 2004 world player of the year, needed a neck operation after being injured in the second Test against Scotland in June.

While he was out injured, the Springboks lost their next five matches and only won five games the entire year.

Chris Latham suffers serious knee injury

January 8th, 2007

Queensland Reds and Australian fullback Chris Latham could miss the 2007 Super 14 season because of a serious knee injury.

Latham injured his knee during a Reds pre season training session. Preliminary scans point to torn anterior cruciate and medial ligaments. Which will likely require a full knee reconstruction.

Also it will not leave much time to prepare for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in early September.

Highlanders 2007 Super 14 Squad

January 6th, 2007

The Highlanders are only bringing in two players from outside there region, wingers Vili Waqaseduadua from North Harbour and Lucky Mulipola from Tasman.

Highlanders 2007 Super 14 Squad: Aaron Bancroft (Otago), Josh Blackie (Otago), Callum Bruce (Otago), Keith Cameron (Otago), Craig Clare (Otago), Jimmy Cowan (Southland), Clarke Dermody (Southland), Nick Evans (Otago), David Hall (Southland), Carl Hayman (Otago), Charlie Hore (Otago), Glen Horton (Otago), Jason Kawau (Southland), Chris King (Otago), Filipo Levi (Otago), Jason Macdonald (Otago), Hoani MacDonald (Southland), Jamie Mackintosh (Southland), Toby Morland (Otago), Lucky Mulipola (Tasman), Craig Newby (Otago), Anton Oliver (Otago), James Ryan (Otago), Matt Saunders (Otago), Alando Soakai (Otago), Ezra Taylor (Otago), Kane Thompson (Southland), Hale T-Pole (Southland), Viliame Waqaseduadua (North Harbour), Greg Zampach (Otago).

Crusaders 2007 Super 14 Squad

January 6th, 2007

The Crusaders have gained Northland number eight Jake Paringatai and North Harbour first five Tusi Pisi, along with four players from Tasman in their 35 strong squad.

Crusaders 2007 Super 14 Squad: Tim Bateman (Canterbury), Stephen Brett (Canterbury),Daniel Carter (Canterbury), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury), Andy Ellis (Canterbury), Ross Filipo (Wellington), Corey Flynn (Canterbury), Ben Franks (Canterbury), Rico Gear (Tasman), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Chris Jack (Tasman), Campbell Johnstone (Canterbury), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Johnny Leo’o (Canterbury), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Ben May (Tasman), Peter Nixon (Canterbury), Kevin O’Neill (Canterbury), Jake Paringatai (Northland), Michael Paterson (Canterbury), Ti’i Paulo (Canterbury), Tusi Pisi (North Harbour), Jonathon Poff (Tasman), Caleb Ralph (Canterbury), Kieran Read (Canterbury), Isaac Ross (Canterbury), Kevin Senio (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Rua Tipoki (Canterbury), Mose Tuiali’i (Canterbury), Brent Ward (Auckland), Paul Williams (Canterbury).

Hurricanes 2007 Super 14 Squad

January 6th, 2007

For 2007 the Hurricanes have picked up Otago halfback Chris Smylie and Southland first five Blair Stewart, along with Auckland wing David Smith and lock Brad Mika.

Hurricanes 2007 Super 14 Squad
: Luke Andrews (Wellington), Jerry Collins (Wellington), Jason Eaton (Taranaki), Tamati Ellison (Wellington), Lome Fa’atau (Wellington), Tim Fairbrother (Wellington), Hosea Gear (Wellington), Jimmy Gopperth (Wellington), Hayden Hopgood (Canterbury), Andrew Hore (Taranaki), Cory Jane (Wellington), Tone Kopelani (Canterbury), Nili Latu (Bay of Plenty), Serge Lilo (Wellington), Chris Masoe (Wellington), Alby Mathewson (Wellington), Bradley Mika (Auckland), Ma’a Nonu (Wellington), Shannon Paku (Wellington), Tony Penn (Taranaki), John Schwalger (Wellington), Mahonri Schwalger (Wellington), Conrad Smith (Wellington), David Smith (Auckland), Chris Smylie (Otago), Rodney So’oialo (Wellington), Blair Stewart (Southland), Neemia Tialata (Wellington), Paul Tito (Taranaki), Hayden Triggs (Manawatu), Tana Umaga (Wellington), Bernie Upton (Wellington), Thomas Waldrom (Wellington), Piri Weepu (Wellington).

Chiefs 2007 Super 14 Squad

January 6th, 2007

For 2007 the Chiefs have picked from the draft Tane Tu’ipulotu and Tasesa Lavea.
Chiefs 2007 Super 14 Squad: Sosene Anesi (Waikato), Steven Bates (Waikato), Ben Castle (Bay of Plenty), Simms Davison (Bay of Plenty), Aled de Malmanche (Waikato), Stephen Donald (Waikato), Jono Gibbes (Waikato), Marty Holah (Waikato), Richard Kahui (Waikato), Byron Kelleher (Waikato), Roy Kinikinilau (Waikato), Tanerau Latimer (Bay of Plenty), Sione Lauaki (Waikato), Tasesa Lavea (Auckland), Brendon Leonard (Waikato), Toby Lynn (Waikato), Lelia Masaga (Counties Manukau), Liam Messam (Waikato), Malili Muliaina (Waikato), Jamie Nutbrown (Bay of Plenty), Kristian Ormsby (Counties Manukau), Keith Robinson (Waikato), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Dwayne Sweeney (Waikato), Niva Ta’auso (Counties Manukau), Anthony Tahana (Bay of Plenty), Tane Tu’ipulotu (Wellington), Craig West (Waikato), Nathan White (Waikato), Murray Williams (Bay of Plenty), Tom Willis (Waikato).

Blues 2007 Super 14 Squad

October 27th, 2006

The Blues 2007 squad see the return of former All Blacks flanker/lock Troy Flavell, who has been playing in Japan.

Blues 2007 Super 14 Squad: John Afoa (Auckland), Ben Atiga (Auckland), Sam Biddles (Waikato), Anthony Boric (North Harbour), Daniel Braid (Auckland), Justin Collins (Auckland), Steve Devine (Auckland), Troy Flavell (Auckland), David Gibson (Auckland), Chris Heard (Auckland), David Holwell (Northland) Doug Howlett (Auckland), Jerome Kaino (Auckland), Luke McAlister (North Harbour), Angus Macdonald (Auckland), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Isa Nacewa (Auckland), George Pisi (North Harbour), Greg Rawlinson (North Harbour), Josevata Rokocoko (Auckland), James Somerset (Auckland), Saimone Taumoepeau (Auckland), Isaia Toeava (Auckland), Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a (Auckland), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Sam Tuitupou (Auckland), Nick White (Auckland), Ali Williams (Auckland), Nick Williams (North Harbour), Derren Witcombe (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour), Rudi Wulf (North Harbour).

Jone Tawake amputates finger

October 17th, 2006

Brumbies loose forward, Jone Tawake, has had the ring finger on his right hand partially amputated in the hope of ensuring his selection for next year’s World Cup in France.

Previous attempts to repair a dislocation of the finger had resulted in a severe infection.
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2007 Super 14 Fixtures

October 13th, 2006

The South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) have released the schedule for the 2007 Super 14. The 2007 Super 14 season will start a week earlier to allow for the Rugby World Cup.

The competition starts off on 2nd February with the Blues hosting the Crusaders in Auckland. It finishes up with the grand final to be played on the 19th May.

It is still unknown which team will be the 5th South African side. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) had originally planned for the Southern Spears to replace that country’s bottom-placed team this year, the Cats, for 2007 and 2008.
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Graham Henry names his protected 22

September 12th, 2006

All Black coach Graham Henry has named the 22 players who he wants to miss most of the 2007 Super 14 so that they can undertake a conditioning program for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

This is in despite of concerns from News Ltd that withholding these players will devalue the Super 14 competition. News Ltd recently paid $664 million to renew a five-year broadcasting deal for the Super 14.
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