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Round 2 Team Lists: DHL Super Rugby Pacific

Round 2 Team Lists: DHL Super Rugby Pacific

All BlacksFebruary 29, 2024

DHL Super Rugby Pacific heads to Super Round as all 12 teams converge on Melbourne's AAMI Park.

Round two will kick off with the Blues facing the Highlanders as both teams come off first round victories, followed by the Melbourne Rebels taking on the Western Force.

It's a battle of the Pacific sides to kick-off Saturday with Fijian Drua facing Moana Pasifika whilst the NSW Waratahs look to continue their strong away record against the Crusaders.

Two blockbuster games finish the round as the Chiefs take on the ACT Brumbies whilst the Hurricanes face the Queensland Reds.

Super.Rugby is your home of all the team list news in 2024, with every team set to be published at 2pm AEDT/4pm NZDT.

*All time local and games at AAMI Park

Friday 1 March (18:00)

HIGHLANDERS (1-15): Ethan de Groot, Henry Bell, Jermaine Ainsley, Pari Pari Parkinson, Max Hicks, Sean Withy, Billy Harmon (c), Hugh Renton, Folau Fakatava, Rhys Patchell, Jona Nareki, Sam Gilbert, Tanielu Tele'a, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

RESERVES: Ricky Jackson, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Ma'u, Fabian Holland, Nikora Broughton, Nathan Hastie, Ajay Faleafaga, Jonah Lowe

BLUES (1-15): Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Ricky Riccitelli, Marcel Renata, Laghlan McWhannell, Sam Darry, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papali'i (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Taufa Funaki, Stephen Perofeta, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Mark Tele'a, Zarn Sullivan

RESERVES: Soane Vikena, Joshua Fusitu'a, Angus Ta'avao, Josh Beehre, Adrian Choat, Sam Nock, Harry Plummer, Cole Forbes

Referee: Angus Gardner

Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy, Reuben Keane

Key match-up: It will be a ding-dong battle upfront where All Blacks enforcers Ethan de Groot and Ofa Tu'ungafasi collide in the one jersey. Both players are leaders in their sides and will be looking to set the tone early in this match-up.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Highlanders by 1

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

Caleb Clarke did it all πŸ‘#SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/NguKA7WuKr

β€” Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) February 27, 2024

Friday 1 March (20:10)

REBELS (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Josh Canham, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Josh Kemeny, Brad Wilkin, Rob Leota (c), James Tuttle, Carter Gordon, Filipo Daugunu, David Feliuai, Matt Proctor, Lachie Anderson, Andrew Kellaway

RESERVES: Jordan Uelese, Isaac Kailea, Sam Talakai, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Vaiolini Ekuasi, Ryan Louwrens, Jake Strachan, Nick Jooste

FORCE (1-15):  Ryan Coxon, Tom Horton, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Williams, Thomas Franklin, Michael Wells, Carlo Tizzano, Will Harris, Nic White, Ben Donaldson, Chase Tiatia, Hamish Stewart, Sam Spink, Harry Potter, Max Burey

RESERVES: Feleti Kaitu’u, Charlie Hancock, Tiaan Tauakipulu, Tim Anstee, Lopeti Faifua, Ollie Callan, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, George Poolman

Referee: Nic Berry

Assistant Referees: Brendon Pickerill, James Doleman

Key match-up: An intriguing battle awaits in the second row where the immensely talented Lukhan Salakaia-Loto mixes it up with former Highlanders lock Tom Franklin. 33-year-old Franklin will call on all of his years of experience to put a lid on the firecracker that is Salakaia-Loto.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Force by 15

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

Moana Pasifika V FIJIAN DRUA
Saturday 2 March (17:00)

MOANA PASIFIKA (1-15): Abraham Pole, Sama Malolo, Sione Mafileo, Tom Savage, Allan Craig, Jacob Norris, Sione Havili Talitui, Lotu Inisi, Ereatara Enari, William Havili, Viliami Fine, Julian Savea, Henry Taefu, Nigel Ah Wong, Danny Toala

RESERVES: Samiuela Moli, Sateki Latu, Sekope Kepu, Ola Tauelangi, Irie Papuni, Aisea Halo, Christian Lealiifano, Kyren Taumoefolau

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

RESERVES: Mesulame Dolokoto, Haereiti Hetet, Jone Koroiduadua, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Vilive Miramira, Simione Kuruvoli, Kemu Valetini, Junior Ratuva

Referee: Paul Williams

Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy, Mike Winter

Key match-up: Two outstanding halfbacks will test their skills when Fijian Drua's Frank Lomani matches up to Moana Pasifika's Ereatara Enari. Both players do the basics well but offer game breaking ability which could be the difference in a tight clash.

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Fijian Drua by 10

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

Saturday 2 March (19:35)

CRUSADERS (1-15): George Bower, George Bell, Fletcher Newell, Scott Barrett (c), Quinten Strange, Dominic Gardiner, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Noah Hotham, Taha Kemara, Macca Springer, David Havili, Levi Aumua, Sevu Reece, Chay Fihaki

RESERVES: Quentin MacDonald, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Jamie Hannah, Christian Lio-Willie, Mitchell Drummond, Ryan Crotty, Dallas McLeod

WARATAHS (1-15): Angus Bell, Mahe Vailanu, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jed Holloway, Hugh Sinclair, Fergus Lee-Warner, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson, Jake Gordon (c), Tane Edmed, Dylan Pietsch, Joey Walton, Harry Wilson, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Max Jorgensen

RESERVES: Julian Heaven, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Dan Botha, Miles Amatosero, Ned Hanigan, Teddy Wilson, Mosese Tuipulotu, Triston Reilly

Referee: James Mabey

Assistant Referees: Brendon Pickerill, Dan Waenga

Key match-up: Charlie Gamble couldn't break into the Crusaders set-up as a youth star and now has the chance to show the reigning champions what they missed out on when he squares off with tackle machine Tom Christie in the seven jersey. 

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Crusaders by 7

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

Dylan Pietsch did NOT anticipate this assist... 🀷#SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/9haNlzcmzF

β€” Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) February 27, 2024

Sunday 3 March (14:00)

CHIEFS (1-15): Ollie Norris, Bradley Slater, George Dyer, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Tupou Vaa'i, Samipeni Finau, Kalyum Boshier, Luke Jacobson (c), Xavier Roe, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Rameka Poihipi, Anton Lienert-Brown, Liam Coombes-Fabling, Shaun Stevenson

RESERVES: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Jared Proffit, Reuben O'Neill, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Simon Parker, Cortez Ratima, Josh Ioane, Daniel Rona

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

RESERVES: Billy Pollard, Blake Schoupp, Rhys Van Nek, Cadeyrn Neville, Jahrome Brown, Harrison Goddard, Declan Meredith, Tamati Tua

Referee: Jordan Way

Assistant Referees: Mike Winter, Dan Waenga

Key match-up: Two excitement machines will strut their stuff when Shaun Stevenson and Tom Wright pull on the 15 jersey. Both players have the ability to create something from nothing and will be eager to sniff out any counter attacking opportunity. 

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Brumbies by 3

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

RARE: Rugby players mic'd up in a game πŸŽ™οΈ

Hear all the sounds from @ChiefsRugby as they became the first team to mic up players in a World Rugby-sanctioned game in New Zealand πŸ™Œ pic.twitter.com/UvMWKpWFiT

β€” Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) February 27, 2024

Sunday 3 March (16:30)

HURRICANES (1-15): Xavier Numia, Asafo Aumua (co-c), Tyrel Lomax, Caleb Delany, Isaia Walker-Leawere, TK Howden, Peter Lakai, Brayden Iose, Cam Roigard, Brett Cameron, Kini Naholo, Jordie Barrett (co-c), Billy Proctor, Josh Moorby, Ruben Love

RESERVES: James O'Reilly, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Pasilio Tosi, Justin Sangster, Veveni Lasaqa, Jordi Viljoen, Riley Higgins, Salesi Rayasi

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, Jock Campbell, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook, Suli Vunivalu, Jordan Petaia

RESERVES: Josh Nasser, Peni Ravai, Sef Fa'agase, Cormac Daly, John Bryant, Kalani Thomas, Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, Mac Grealy

Referee: James Doleman

Assistant Referees: Nic Berry, Damon Murphy

Key match-up: A juicy clash awaits at halfback where Wallabies incumbent Tate McDermott faces last year's breakout star Cam Roigard. On paper, not much separates the two classy operators. Will McDermott's experience be enough to give him the edge over Roigard?

NZR+ Expert Tipsters call: Queensland Reds by 10

Think you know more than our expert? Make your predictions on each clash with the NZR+ Play Predictor HERE.

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