Apr
4
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Hurricanes v Waratahs Wellington 7-Apr 7:35 PM

Jordie Barrett, Cory Jane, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara (c), Reed Prinsep, Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa, Mark Abbott, Jeff To'omaga-Allen, Ricky Ricciteli, Ben May
Reserves: Leni Apisai, Chris Eves, Mike Kainga, Vaea Fifita, Toa Halafihi, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, Vince Aso

Bryce Hegarty, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau, David Horwitz, Cam Clark, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper, Ned Hanigan, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Paddy Ryan
Reserves: Damien Fitzpatrick, Sam Needs, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Jed Holloway, Nick Phipps, Irae Simone, Andrew Kellaway


Sunwolves v Bulls Tokyo 8-Apr 5:15 PM

Kotaro Matsushima, Takaaki Nakazuru, Timothy Lafaele, Derek Carpenter, Kenki Fukuoka, Hayden Cripps, Fumiaki Tanaka, Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Shuhei Matsuhashi, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Uwe Helu, Liaki Moli, Yasua Yamaji, Yusuke Niwai, Koki Yamamoto
Reserves: Takeshi Kizu, Keita Inagaki, Heiichiro Ito, Sam Wykes, Shunsuke Nunomaki, Yuki Yatomi, Yu Tamura, Ryokei Yamanaka

Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jan Serfontein, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss (c), Lizo Gqoboko
Reserves: Edgar Marutlulle, Pierre Schoeman, Martin Dreyer, Jaco Visagie/Hendre Stassen, Jacques Potgieter, Ivan van Zyl, Francois Brummer, Franco Naude


Highlanders v Blues Dunedin 8-Apr 7:35 PM

Ben Smith (c), Tevita Li, Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Patrick Osborne, Marty Banks, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown
Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siate Tokolahi, Joe Wheeler, Liam Squire, Kayne Hammington, Fletcher Smith, Matt Faddes

1 Pauliasi Manu, 2 James Parsons (C), 3 Charlie Faumuina, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Jerome Kaino, 7 Blake Gibson, 8 Steven Luatua; 9 Augustine Pulu, 10 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 12 George Moala, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14 Matt Duffie, 15 Michael Collins.
Reserves: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Sonny Bill Williams


Brumbies v Reds Canberra 8-Apr 9:45 PM

Aidan Toua, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Tom Banks, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Jordan Smiler, Chris Alcock, Scott Fardy (c), Blake Enever, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Robbie Abel, Scott Sio
Reserves: Saia Fainga’a, Nic Mayhew, Ben Alexander, Tom Staniforth, Jarrad Butler, De Wet Roos, Andrew Smith, James Dargaville

Lachlan Maranta, Chris Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Eto Nabuli, Jake McIntyre, James Tuttle, Scott Higginbotham, George Smith, Adam Korczyk, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Sam Talakai, Stephen Moore (c), Sef Fa’agase
Reserves: Alex Mafi, Kirwan Sanday, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Hendrik Tui, Moses Sorovi, Hamish Stewart, Izaia Perese


Sharks v Jaguares Durban 9-Apr 1:05 AM

Garth April, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo, Curwin Bosch, Cobus Reinach, Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Tera Mtembu (c), Stephan Lewies, Etienne Oosthuizen, Coenie Oosthuizen, Franco Marais, Tendai Mtawarira
Reserves: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Thomas du Toit, Lourens Adriaanse, Ruan Botha, Philip van der Walt, Michael Claassens, Inny Radebe, Jeremy Ward

Joaquin Tuculet, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (c), Lucas Noguera Paz
Reserves: Roberto Tejerizo, Santiago Garcia Botta, Felipe Arregui, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Baez, Felipe Ezcurra, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Emiliano Boffelli


Stormers v Chiefs Cape Town 9-Apr 3:15 AM

SP Marais, Cheslin Kolbe, EW Viljoen, Dan du Plessis, Dillyn Leyds, Robert du Preez, Dewaldt Duvenage, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siya Kolisi (c), Cobus Wiese, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, JC Janse van Rensburg.
Reserves: Ramone Samuels, Oli Kebble, Frans Malherbe, Jan de Klerk, Nizaam Carr, Justin Phillips, Kurt Coleman, Dan Kriel

Damian McKenzie, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Stephen Donald, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden (c), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Michael Leitch, Lachlan Boshier, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Atu Moli, Hika Elliot, Kane Hames
Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Sosefo Kautai, Taleni Seu, Mitchell Brown, Finlay Christie, Sam McNicol, Shaun Stevenson


Force v Kings Perth 9-Apr 6:05 PM

Dane Haylett-Petty, Chance Peni, Marcel Brache, Billy Meakes, Alex Newsome, Jono Lance, Michael Ruru, Isi Naisarani, Matt Hodgson (c), Ross Haylett-Petty, Richie Arnold, Matt Philip, Tetera Faulkner, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ben Daley
Reserves: Heath Tessmann, Pek Cowan, Shambeckler Vui, Richard Hardwick, Ben McCalman, Ian Prior, Luke Burton, Curtis Rona

Malcolm Jaer, Yaw Penxe, Berton Klaasen, Luzuko Vulindlu, Makazole Mapimpi, Lionel Cronje (c), Louis Schreuder, Ruaan Lerm, Andisa Ntsila, Chris Cloete, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Irne Herbst, Ross Geldenhuys, Michael Willemse, Schalk van der Merwe
Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Chris Heiberg, . Justin Forwood, Mzwanele Zito, Tyler Paul, Rick Schroeder, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Masixole Banda/Wandile Mjekevu


Apr
3
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15 : Jordie Barrett
(Ben Smith is far from his usual self while Israel Dagg is injured)
14 : Matt Duffie
(He is playing better and better. Worth an AB call for the EOYT ?)
13 : Matt Proctor
(Rieko Ioane did very well during the first rounds but has faded a bit since)
12 : Ryan Crotty / George Moala
(Two very different players who have done very well, Moala with some barnstorming runs, Crotty with his clever distribution)
11 : Melani Nanai
(Julian Savea is just bubbling under. He has been impressive but Nanai has been brillant)
10 : Beauden Barrett
(Cruden ?)
9 : TKB / TJP
(I could not make a choice between the two. Both are currently outstanding)
8 : Luke Whitelock
(by default)
7 : Ardie Savea
(Gibson has done very well too)
6 : Jordan Taufua
(will he get a call by Hansen ?)
5 : Sam Whitelock
(Bird not far behind)
4 : Brodie Retallick
(Tuipolutu and Romano also in good form)
3 : Owen Franks
(JTA has improved his scrummaging a lot. I would like to see him get a call as the fifth prop for the squad)
2 : Liam Coltman
(Hard and strong. His throwing has to be improved nonetheless)
1 : Kane Hames
(very strong scrummager and good workrate)

Mar
28
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Highlanders v Rebels Dunedin 31-Mar 7:35 PM

Ben Smith (c), Tevita Li, Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Patrick Osborne, Marty Banks, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Gareth Evans, Tom Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Aki Seiuli
Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Elliot Dixon, Tupou Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington, Fletcher Smith, Matt Faddes

Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Mitch Inman, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Nic Stirzaker (c), Amanaki Mafi, Colby Fainga’a, Jordy Reid, Steve Cummins, Culum Retallick, Laurie Weeks, James Hanson, Fereti Sa’aga
Reserves: Siliva Siliva, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Esei Haangana, Mick Snowden, Sione Tuipulotu, Ben Volavola


Blues v Force Auckland 1-Apr 5:15 PM

Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, George Moala, TJ Faiane, Melani Nanai, Piers Francis, Augustine Pulu, Jerome Kaino, Murphy Taramai, Jimmy Tupou, Patrick Tuipulotu, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Charlie Faumuina, James Parsons, Pauliasi Manu
Reserves: Matt Moulds, Ofa Tu’ungafasi or Sam Prattley, Sione Mafileo, Scott Scrafton, Akira Ioane, Billy Guyton, Ihaia West, Rieko Ioane

1 Ben Daley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 4 Matt Philip, 5 Richie Arnold, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 7 Matt Hodgson, 8 Isi Naisarani
9 Ryan Louwrens, 10 Jono Lance, 11 Alex Newsome, 12 Billy Meakes, 13 Marcel Brache, 14 Chance Peni, 15 Dane Haylett-Petty
Reserves: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman


Chiefs v Bulls Hamilton 1-Apr 7:35 PM

Damian McKenzie, Shaun Stevenson, Anton Lienert-Brown, Johnny Fa’auli, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden (co-captain), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Michael Leitch, Sam Cane (co-captain), Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Nepo Laulala, Hika Elliot, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi
Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Kane Hames, Atu Moli, Taleni Seu, Mitchell Karpik, Finlay Christie, Stephen Donald, Solomon Alaimalo

Jesse Kriel, Travis Ismaiel, Jan Serfontein, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Arno Botha, Nick de Jager, Ruan Steenkamp, Lood de Jager, RG Snyman, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss (c), Pierre Schoeman
Reserves: Edgar Marutlulle, Lizo Gqoboka, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Warrick Gelant


Reds v Hurricanes Brisbane 1-Apr 9:45 PM

Karmichael Hunt, Chris Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Eto Nabuli, Jake McIntrye, James Tuttle, Scott Higginbotham, George Smith, Adam Korczyk, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Sam Talakai, Stephen Moore (c), Markus Vanzati
Reserves: Andrew Ready, Kirwan Sanday, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Tui, Hendrik Tui, Nick Frisby, Hamish Stewart, Izaia Perese

Jordie Barrett, Vince Aso, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, Callum Gibbins. Brad Shields, Michael Fatialofa, Mark Abbot, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves
Reserves: Leni Apisai, Ben May, Mike Kainga, Sam Lousi, Reed Prinsep, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Otere Black, Pita Ahki


Stormers v Cheetahs Cape Town 2-Apr 2:05 AM

15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Reserves: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Reserves: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Nico Lee, 23 Luther Obi


Lions v Sharks Johannesburg 2-Apr 3:15 AM

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Reserves: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Dillon Smit

15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Tera Mtembu (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Reserves: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Inny Radebe, 23 Jeremy Ward


Waratahs v Crusaders Sydney 2-Apr 6:05 PM

Cam Clark, Reece Robinson, Israel Folau, David Horwitz, Andrew Kellaway, Mack Mason, Jake Gordon, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Ned Hanigan, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson.
Reserves: Damien Fitzpatrick, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Irae Simone, Taqele Naiyaravoro

David Havili, Digby Ioane, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Whetu Douglas, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody
Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Bryn Hall, Marty McKenzie, Manasa Mataele


Mar
25
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I have been enjoying the coverage of the 2005 Lions Tour on Sky's Pop Up Channel. Kudos to Sky (almost compensates for their failure to show replays of all the recent 6 Nations matches in time slots that would suit New Zealanders so that we can all assess the candidates for Lions selection). If they do throw those 6N matches onto their Lions pop-up channel I might have to pay for some pay-per-view events to show my appreciation. I'd also love to see the matches from the '93 tour, although I imagine Sky haven't got them on archive.

Anyway, here are some of my thoughts from the 2005 games that they've replayed so far, would be interested to hear other people's thoughts/memories/expectations for this tour and from the last.

First of all, a digression about the actual coverage:

Its weird to see test matches recorded in standard definition, and some that aren't even wide-screen, I've become so used to wide-screen HD its hard to believe that we didn't have it back in '05 (can't remember what year everything went HD).

It's also strange that Sky are replaying some of the matches with no match graphics on - tuning in halfway through a game it is impossible to tell what the state of the match is. It's also frustrating when they interview a player and you're digging through the memory banks to remember a guy's name. I would've thought that even if they haven't kept recordings of the matches with graphics on, or if there are sponsorship issues associated with replaying games with graphics on, that they could have re-added graphics to the games prior to re-screening them?

Finally it was good to hear John Drake in commentary again - Maybe I just have rose-tinted glasses on, but he seemed very measured compared with today's crowd, and didn't ramble, misidentify players, throw in witticisms, judgements or hyperbole.

Well, enough digression about the coverage. On the one hand it was great that the NZ provinces played the Lions in 2005 - it's far easier for a crowd to back their side when the team represents their province rather than just an arbitrary franchise in my opinion. And all the provincial unions have such a long history of great clashes with the British and Irish Lions - even the opening titles of the replayed matches gave you that nostalgic feeling of an old-time rugby tour - and showed an appreciation of that history. On the other hand, nobody really expected (nor received) competitive mid-week tour matches due to the gulf in class between provincial sides and a pro-team of NH stars (even back in '05), so having the Super franchises play the midweek matches should give us more competitive games this time around. Whether the matches are all sold out will show us whether there is the same passion for franchise rugby.

Injuries and cards played an enormous part on the tour. I think we can all expect the same this time around, especially if the midweek clashes are played with greater intensity due to the Super franchise involvement, and with greater penalties for foul-play these days.

The loss of Dallaglio in the opening stanza of the first tour match against BoP was enormous to Lions hopes. I think his influence should not be underestimated. And so was the much written-about near-death experience that saw O'Driscoll out of the tour. It's hard to quantify exactly how much these incidents throw the best-laid plans into disarray, so I won't dwell on them, except to state that we could expect a similar injury toll to either team this side around, so flexibility in the face of injuries will be of critical importance to both squads.

Some observations specifically from the 1st test in Christchurch:

  • The conditions were absolutely abysmal. Torrential sleet and hail with frigid temperatures. Not at all conducive to running rugby and yet we still saw some excellent attack and handling by both teams. The break for Sivi's try was as good as you could expect to see in ideal match conditions, let alone in a blizzard.

  • In the first 10 minutes of the match there were enough high tackles, tip tackles, off-the-ball incidents, tackling the player in the air in the lineout and other generally-frowned-upon play that 4 or 5 players would have been in the bin had it been played with today's refereeing emphasis.

  • There were a number of occasions where players passed back into their 22 and then kicked out on the full (glad this isn't allowed any more, and am struggling to remember exactly which year the law change was introduced)

  • Both teams took a lot longer to clear rucks than we see today (also something the law changes have improved)

  • There seemed to be impunity for players protecting the ball at the ruck with squeeze-ball tactics, something I don't imagine players would get away with easily today. Was there a specific law change on this, or was it just a stricter application around rolling away and immediate release?

  • Most significantly, the first test saw the most complete meltdown of a lineout in a match that I can remember. Reportedly the Lions changed their calls prior to the first test in case their code had been cracked. If true, that turned out to be a very bad decision. It was also exacerbated by Paul O'Connell being yellow carded for the worst case of offside I think I've ever seen by a pro rugby player.

  • The scrums weren't dominated by the Lions (which shows that my memory has played tricks on me).

  • The lions were playing Jones at 10 and Wilkinson at 12, but who was in charge? Seemed like a case of trying to cram all your stars into the one side, but I think that affected the balance of the side and the decision-making. Wilkinson had a poor night with the boot for him, and seemed out of position defensively at times.

  • The All Blacks seemed to play with more pace in bad conditions than the Lions. I imagine the gap in speed of execution between NZ players and the British and Irish players may have closed in the intervening 12 years (time will tell).

  • Coming back from 1 nil down in a 3 test series with only a week between matches is such a huge ask, so the pressure on the Lions to win test number 1 (and keep their strategic cards close to their chests in all the matches prior to test 1) cannot be underestimated. A happy camp that doesn't feel the pressure quite so markedly has an enormous advantage. The challenge for both Hansen and Gatland will be to ensure their teams can play cohesively, while allowing their players to express themselves without being too loose, and to manage pressure, expectation, and egos.

  • The Lions scrambling defence in Christchurch was superb, and no one could criticise the players for lack of effort. Individual moments from players showed they clearly had the skills even if the team's cohesion was lacking a bit.

  • The All Black team of 2005 had a lot of young-ish players just approaching their peak. Although not selected yet, this year's selection pool seems to have a slightly different balance, maybe with more experience, but possibly less youthful exuberance and X-Factor?

Thanks to Sky for creating this pop-up channel. I'm looking forward to re-watching the Wellington Test tonight, my abiding memory of which is it being the "Daniel Carter show".

I wonder who will lay down their name in the history books when the tests happen later this year?

Mar
21
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Crusaders v Force Christchurch 24-Mar 7:35 PM

David Havili, Digby Ioane, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock (c) , Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett
Reserves: Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Mike Alaalatoa, Mitchell Dunshea, Pete Samu, Bryn Hall, Marty McKenzie, Manasa Mataele

Luke Morahan, Alex Newsome, Curtis Rona, Marcel Brache, Chance Peni, Jono Lance (c), Ryan Louwrens, Richard Hardwick, Kane Koteka, Isi Naisarani, Matt Philip, Ross Haylett-Petty, Jermaine Ainsley, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ben Daley
Reserves: Heath Tessmann, Pek Cowan, Tetera Faulkner, Richie Arnold, Matt Hodgson, Michael Ruru, Ian Prior, Robbie Coleman


Rebels v Waratahs Melbourne 24-Mar 9:45 PM

Jack Debreczeni, Sefa Naivalu, Tom English, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Nic Stirzaker (c), Amanaki Mafi, Colby Fainga’a, Jordy Reid, Steve Cummins, Culum Retallick, Laurie Weeks, James Hanson, Fereti Sa’aga
Reserves: (from) Pat Leafa, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Ben Meehan, Mitch Inman, Ben Volavola

Israel Folau, Reece Robinson, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Andrew Kellaway, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper (c), Ned Hanigan, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson
Reserves: Damien Fitzpatrick, Paddy Ryan, David Lolohea, David McDuling, Michael Wells, Nick Phipps, Cam Clark, Taqele Naiyaravoro


Blues v Bulls Albany 25-Mar 7:35 PM

1 Pauliasi Manu, 2 James Parsons (C), 3 Charlie Faumuina or Sione Mafileo, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 7 Blake Gibson, 8 Jerome Kaino; 9 Augustine Pulu, 10 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 12 George Moala, 13 Rieko Ioane, 14 Matt Duffie, 15 Michael Collins
Reserves: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi or Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo or Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Ihaia West, 23 TJ Faiane

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Nick de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboko
Reserves: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 RG Snyman, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 John-Roy Jenkinson


Brumbies v Highlanders Canberra 25-Mar 9:45 PM

Aidan Toua, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, James Dargaville, Wharenui Hawera, Joe Powell, Jordan Smiler, Chris Alcock, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Blake Enever, Allan Alaalatoa, Robbie Abel, Nic Mayhew
Reserves: Saia Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Ben Alexander, Rory Arnold, Tom Staniforth, Lolo Fakaosilea, De Wet Roos, Jordan Jackson-Hope

Ben Smith (c), Patelesio Tomkinson, Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Patrick Osborne, Fletcher Smith, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown
Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Joe Wheeler, Gareth Evans, Kayne Hammington, Marty Banks, Matt Faddes


Sunwolves v Stormers Singapore 25-Mar 11:55 PM

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto
***Reserves:***16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Shumei Matsuhashi, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Hayden Cripps, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka

Dillyn Leyds, Bjorn Basson, EW Viljoen, Dan Kriel, Seabelo Senatla, Robert du Preez, Dewaldt Duvenage, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siya Kolisi (c), Rynhardt Elstadt, JD Shickerling, Chris van Zyl, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, JC Janse van Rensburg
Reserves: Ramone Samuels, Caylib Oosthuizen, Oli Kebble, Jan de Klerk, Cobus Wiese, Godlen Masimla, Kurt Coleman, Dan du Plessis


Kings v Lions Port Elizabeth 26-Mar 2:05 AM

15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Kurt Haupt, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Reserves: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Reserves: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Sti Sitole, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Sylvian Mahuza


Cheetahs v Sharks Bloemfontein 26-Mar 4:15 AM

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche
Reserves: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Rayno Benjamin/Clinton Swart

15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Reserves: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April


Jaguares v Reds Buenos Aires 26-Mar 10:40 AM

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Bautista Ezcurra, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Felipe Arregui, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
***Reserves:***16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Emiliano Boffelli

15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Adam Korczyk, 6 Leroy Houston, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Markus Vanzati
***Reserves:***16 Andrew Ready, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Lachie Maranta, 23 Chris Kuridrani


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