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Round 1 Team Lists: DHL Super Rugby Pacific

Round 1 Team Lists: DHL Super Rugby Pacific

All BlacksFebruary 22, 2024

DHL Super Rugby Pacific is set to get underway this weekend as the 12 teams battle for the title.

The defending champions Crusaders will kick off the action against the Chiefs on Friday February 23, followed by the Melbourne Rebels hosting the ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park.

The Hurricanes face the tough task of defeating the Force in Perth whilst the Blues and Fijian Drua head to Whangarei to open the season.

The Highlanders welcome the Moana Pasifika to Dunedin for their opening round clash, with the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs adding another chapter to their fierce rivalry to finish the round.

Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

ROUND ONE TEAMS
*All time local

CHIEFS V CRUSADERS 
Friday 23 February: FMG Waikato Stadium, Hamilton (19:05)

Chiefs (1-15): Aidan Ross, Bradley Slater, Reuben O'Neill, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Tupou Vaai, Samipeni Finau, Kalyum Boshier, Luck Jacobson (c), Xavier Roe, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Quinn Tupaea, Anton Lienert-Brown, Liam Coombes-Fabling, Shaun Stevenson

Replacements: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Ollie Norris, George Dyer, Jimmy Tupou, Simon Parker, Cortez Ratima, Josh Ioane, Daniel Rona

Crusaders (1-15): George Bower, George Bell, Tamati Williams, Scott Barrett (c), Quinten Strange, Dominic Gardiner, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Mitch Drummond, Rivez Reihana, Macca Springer, Dallas McLeod, Levi Aumua, Sevu Reece, Chay Fihaki

Replacements: Quinten MacDonald, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Jamie Hannah, Christian Lio-Willie, Noah Hotham, Taha Kemara, Ryan Crotty

Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant Referees: Jordan Way, Reuben Keane

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Chiefs by 5

Key match-up: Anton Lienert-Brown v Levi Aumua. Incumbent All Blacks midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown will have his hands full against new Crusader Levi Aumua who caused carnage for Moana Pasifika last season.


MELBOURNE REBELS V ACT BRUMBIES

Friday 23 February: AAMI Park, Melbourne (19:35)

Rebels (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Jordan Uelese, Sam Talakai, Josh Canham, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Josh Kemeny, Brad Wilkin, Rob Leota (c), Jack Maunder, Carter Gordon, Glen Vaihu, David Feliuai, Filipo Daugunu, Lachie Anderson, Andrew Kellaway

Replacements: Alex Mafi, Isaac Kailea, Taniela Tupou, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Vaiolini Ekuasi, James Tuttle, Jake Strachan, Nick Jooste

Brumbies (1-15): James Slipper, Lachlan Lonergan, Rhys Van Nek, Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Rob Valetini, Luke Reimer, Charlie Cale, Ryan Lonergan (c), Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead, Ollie Sapsford, Len Ikitau, Corey Toole, Tom Wright

Replacements: Billy Pollard, Blake Schoupp, Sefo Kautai, Cadeyrn Neville, Jahrome Brown, Klayton Thorn, Declan Meredith, Tamati Tua

Referee: Angus Gardner

Assistant Referees: Matt Kellahan, George Myers

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: ACT Brumbies by 22

Key match-up: Noah Lolesio v Carter Gordon. Last season Carter Gordon usurped Noah Lolesio into the Wallabies. Lolesio will be keen to show he is the premier playmaker in Australia. 

Western Force V Hurricanes

Friday 23 February: AAMI Park, Melbourne (19:00)

Force (1-15): Marley Pearce, Tom Horton, Santiago Medrano, Thomas Franklin, Izack Rodda, Michael Wells (co-c), Carlo Tizzano, Will Harris, Nic White (co-c), Ben Donaldson, Chase Tiatia, Hamish Stewart, Sam Spink, Harry Potter, Max Burey

Replacements: Ben Funnell, Charlie Hancock, Tiaan Tauakipulu, Lopeti Faifua, Tim Anstee, Ollie Callan, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, George Poolman

Hurricanes (1-15): Xavier Numia, Asafo Aumua, Pasilio Tosi, Caleb Delany, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Devan Flanders, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Peter Lakai, Jordi Viljoen, Brett Cameron, Kini Naholo, Jordie Barrett, Billy Proctor, Josh Moorby, Ruben Love

Replacements: James O'Reilly, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Tyrel Lomax, Justin Sangster, Brayden Iose, Cam Roigard, Riley Higgins, Salesi Rayasi

Referee: Damon Murphy

Assistant Referees: Graham Cooper, Jordan Kaminski

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Hurricanes by 1

Key match-up: Nic White v Jordi Viljoen. Wallabies stalwart Nic White is a master of mind games and will put young Hurricanes halfback Jordi Viljoen to the test both physically and mentally in this clash.


BLUES V FIJIAN DRUA

Saturday February 24: Semenoff Stadium, Whangarei (16:35)

Blues (1-15): Joshua Fusitu'a, Kurt Eklund, Angus Ta'avao, Sam Darry, Josh Beehre, Anton Segner, Dalton Papali'i (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Stephen Perofeta, Caleb Clarke, Harry Plummer, Rieko Ioane, Mark Tele'a, Zarn Sullivan

Replacements: Ricky Riccitelli, Jordan Lay, Marcel Renata, Laghlan McWhannell, Adrian Choat, Sam Nock, AJ Lam, Cole Forbes

Drua (1-15): Livai Natave, Tevita Ikanivere, Mesake Doge, Isoa Nasilasila, Leone Rotuisolia, Etonia Waqa, Ella Canakaivata, Meli Derenalagi (c), Frank Lomani, Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula, Selestino Ravutaumada, Apisalome Vota, Iosefo Masi, Epeli Momo, Isikeli Rabitu

Replacements: Mesulame Dolokoto, Emosi Tuqiri, Jone Koroiduadua, Mesake Vocevoce, Vilive Miramira, Peni Matawalu, Kemu Valetini, Tudraki Samusamuvodre

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe

Assistant Referees: Stu Curran, Jackson Henshaw

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Fijian Drua by 3.

Key match-up: Iosefo Masi v Rieko Ioane. Two of the best attacking centres in world rugby will come head-to-head when the Fijian Drua's Iosefo Masi tangles with the Blues Rieko Ioane.

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HIGHLANDERS V MOANA PASIFIKA
Saturday February 24: Forsyth Barr Stadium (19:05)

Highlanders (1-15): Daniel Lienert-Brown, Henry Bell, Saula Ma'u, Pari Pari Parkinson, Fabian Holland, Sean Withy, Billy Harmon (c), Hugh Renton, Folau Fakatava, Rhys Patchell, Jona Nareki, Sam Gilbert, Tanielu Tele'a, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

Replacements: Jack Taylor, Ayden Johnstone, Jermaine Ainsley, Oliver Haig, Nikora Broughton, Nathan Hastie, Cameron Millar, Jonah Lowe

Moana Pasifika (1-15): James Lay (c), Sama Malolo, Sione Mafileo, Tom Savage, Samuel Slade, Miracle Faiilagi, Alamanda Motuga, Lotu Inisi, Ereatara Enari, William Havili, Viliami Fine, Julian Savea, Pepesana Patafilo, Nigel Ah Wong, Danny Toala

Replacements: Samiuela Moli, Abraham Pole, Suetena Asomua, Allan Craig, Jacob Norris, Aisea Halo, D'Angelo Leuila, Anzleo Tuitavuki

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

Assistant Referees: James Mabey, Marcus Playle

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Highlanders by 10.

Key match-up: Tanielu Tele'a v Pepesana Patafilo. Tele'a and Patafilo are both quality players who haven't seen regular game time for their previous Super Rugby squads. Both players will be eager to show they can foot it with the best in the competition.

Queensland Reds V NSW Waratahs
Saturday February 24: Suncorp Stadium (19:05)

Reds (1-15): Alex Hodgman, Matt Faessler, Zane Nonggorr, Seru Uru, Ryan Smith, Liam Wright (co-c), Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott (co-c), Tom Lyngah, Mac Grealy, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook, Suli Vunivalu, Jordan Petaia

Replacements: Josh Nasser, Peni Ravai, Sef Fa'agase, Cormac Daly, John Bryant, Kalani Thomas, Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, Jock Campbell

Waratahs: Angus Bell, Mahe Vailanu, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jed Holloway, Miles Amatosero, Fergus Lee-Warner, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson, Jake Gordon (c), Tane Edmed, Dylan Pietsch, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Joey Walton

Replacements: Theo Fourie, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Dan Botha, Sam Thomson, Hugh Sinclair, Teddy Wilson, Harry Wilson, Max Jorgensen

Referee: Paul Williams

Assistant Referees: Dan Waenga, Mike Winter

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Waratahs by 5. 

Key match-up: Harry Wilson v Langi Gleeson. This is a juicy clash in the number eight jersey. Both players are among the strongest ball carriers in the competition, and neither will be making a backwards step on Saturday night.

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