Debreczeni, Fa’agase in 2019 New Zealand Super Rugby squads

Super Rugby
by Staff Writer

The New Zealand Super Rugby teams are rolling out their 2019 squads on Wednesday morning and there's some interesting additions.

Former Rebels 10 Jack Debreczeni has found a home across the ditch with the Chiefs, headlining the squad changes.

Debreczeni was let go by the Rebels after an unlikely lifeline this season, with the additions of Quade Cooper for 2019 and Dave Wessels preferring Jack Maddocks and Reece Hodge as flyhalf options towards the back end of the Super Rugby season.

The 25-year-old played the Mitre 10 season with Northland in New Zealand, catching the eye of the Chiefs setup.

Ex-Reds prop Sef Faagase has also returned to New Zealand, signing with the Highlanders.

CHIEFS

IN: Reuben O'Neill, Angus Ta'avao (EPS), Laghlan McWhanell, Pita Gus Sowakula, Jack Debreczeni (Rebels), Tumua Manu, Bailyn Sullivan, Sean Wainui, Ataata Moeakiola, Etene Nanai-Seturo

OUT: Mitchell Graham, Dominic Bird, Liam Messam, Charlie Ngatai, Johnny Fa'auli, Regan Verney, Sam McNicol, Levi Aumua, Toni Pulu (Brumbies), Tim Nanai-Williams

Props

Kane Hames (Tasman), Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty), Reuben O’Neill (Taranaki), Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau), Atu Moli (Waikato), Sosefo Kautai (Waikato), Angus Ta’avao (Taranaki)

Hookers

Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty), Liam Polwart (Bay of Plenty), Samisoni Taukei’aho (Waikato)

Locks

Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay), Tyler Ardron (Bay of Plenty), Laghlan McWhannell (Waikato), Michael Allardice (Hawke’s Bay), Fin Hoeata (Taranaki)

Loose forwards

Mitchell Brown (Taranaki), Taleni Seu (Auckland), Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty), Mitchell Karpik (Bay of Plenty), Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki), Luke Jacobson (Waikato), Pita Gus Sowakula (Taranaki),

Halfbacks

Brad Weber (Hawke’s Bay), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki), Jonathan Taumateine (Counties Manukau)

Flyhalves

Damian McKenzie (Waikato), Tiaan Falcon (Hawke’s Bay), Jack Debreczeni (Northland)

Midfielders

Alex Nankivell (Tasman), Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato), Tumua Manu (Auckland), Bailyn Sullivan (Waikato)

Outside backs

Solomon Alaimalo (Tasman), Sean Wainui (Taranaki), Ataata Moeakiola (Japan), Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau), Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour), Marty McKenzie (Taranaki)

Crusaders


IN: Harry Allan, Whetu Douglas, Brett Cameron, Ereatara Enari, Leicester Faingaanuku, Ngane Punivai

OUT: Wyatt Crockett (retirement), Pete Samu (Brumbies), Jack Stratton, Mike Delany, Tim Bateman, Jone Macilai, Seta Tamanivalu (France)

Forwards

Michael Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Scott Barrett, Ethan Blackadder, Whetu Douglas, Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Billy Harmon, Oliver Jager, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Tom Sanders, Quinten Strange, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sam Whitelock

Backs

George Bridge, Brett Cameron, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Ereatara Enari, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Richie Mo'unga, Ngane Punivai

Hurricanes

IN: Fraser Armstrong, Geoff Cridge, Liam Mitchell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Richard Judd, Fletcher Smith (Highlanders), Billy Proctor, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi

OUT: Reg Goodes, Murray Douglas (Brumbies), Michael Fatialofa, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Jamie Booth, Ihaia West (UK), TJ Va'a, Julian Savea, Peter Umaga-Jensen

Hookers

Asafo Aumua (Wellington), Dane Coles (Wellington), Ricky Riccitelli (Taranaki)

Props

Fraser Armstrong (Manawatu), Chris Eves (North Harbour), Alex Fidow (Wellington), Ben May (Hawke’s Bay), Toby Smith (Waikato),  Jeff To’omaga-Allen (Wellington).

Locks

James Blackwell (Wellington), Geoff Cridge (Hawke’s Bay), Sam Lousi (Wellington), Liam Mitchell (Manawatu), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Wellington).

Loose forwards

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Gareth Evans (Hawke’s Bay), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Sam Henwood (Counties Manukau), Du’Plessis Kirifi (Wellington),  Reed Prinsep (Canterbury), Ardie Savea (Wellington).

Halfbacks

Finlay Christie (Tasman), Richard Judd (Bay of Plenty), TJ Perenara (Wellington).

Flyhalves

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Wellington), Fletcher Smith (Waikato).

Midfielders

Vince Aso (Auckland), Wes Goosen (Wellington), Ngani Laumape (Manawatu), Billy Proctor (Wellington), Matt Proctor (Wellington).

Outside backs

Jordie Barrett (Taranaki), Ben Lam (Wellington), Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu), James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi (Auckland).

HIGHLANDERS

IN: Ray Niuia, Josh Josefa-Scott, Ayden Johnstone, Sef Fa'agase, Jack Whetton, Marino Mikaele Tu'u, Folau Fakatava, Marty Banks (Japan), Bryn Gatland (Blues)

OUT: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Guy Millar, Aki Seiuli, Kalolo Tuiloma, Alex Ainley, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Lima Sopoaga (UK), Fletcher Smith (Hurricanes)

Sef Fa'agase has been cited over an incident in the scrum. Hookers

Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Ray Niuia*

Props

Daniel Lienert-Brown, Josh Iosefa-Scott*, Ayden Johnstone*, Siate Tokolahi, Tyrel Lomax, Sef Fa’agase*

Locks

Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Pari Pari Parkinson, Josh Dickson, Jack Whetton*

Loose Forwards

Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, James Lentjes, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Shannon Frizell, Elliot Dixon

Halfbacks

Aaron Smith, Kayne Hammington, Folau Fakatava*

Flyhalves

Bryn Gatland*, Josh Ioane, Marty Banks 

Midfielders

Rob Thompson, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Thomas Umaga-Jensen

Outside Backs

Waisake Naholo, Tevita Li, Tevita Nabura, Josh McKay, Ben Smith 

Unavailable due to long-term injury

Aki Seiuli, Kalolo Tuiloma

*Debut season for Highlanders in 2019

BLUES

IN: Ezekiel Linenmuth, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Jacob Pierce, Jed Brown, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Harry Plummer, Ma'a Nonu, Levi Aumua, Tanielu Tele'a, 

OUT: Pauliasi Manu, Isaac Salmon, Mike Tamoaieta, Jerome Kaino, Glenn Preston, Kara Pryor, Murphy Taramai, Bryn Gatland, Matt Johnson, George Moala, Tamati Tua

Maa Nonu is coming back to the Blues. Photo: Getty ImagesFront row

Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tu'ungafasi,

Locks

Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Jacob Pierce, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu.

Loose forwards

Jed Brown, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Jimmy Tupou.

Halfbacks

Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru.

Flyhalves

Otere Black, Stephen Perofeta, Harry Plummer

Midfielders

Levi Aumua, TJ Faiane, Ma'a Nonu, Tanielu Tele'a, Sonny Bill Williams.

Outside Backs

Caleb Clarke, Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Jordan Trainor