Hertford Highlander

From the outhouse to the penthouse

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Super Rugby on 8 Oct 2012 at 22:48
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All my attention now – ‘rugby-wise’ is focussed on the negotiations for Super players as the end of the month is the deadline for the New Zealand Super 15 Squads to be announced. With the 2013 squads allowed to be up to a maximum of 32 players with an additional 8 wider training group players also in the full-time mix for the first time, New Zealand Super Squads could be up to a maximum of 40 full-time playing members. In all reality that will not be the number with squads hovering around the 35 mark more likely.

Business, rumours and plenty of gossip is doing the rounds as player agents, coaches and players themselves try and secure that last player position on a Super franchises roster. Most squads are close to complete with just a few spots being left open for any last minute bargains.

Which leads me to the latest piece of concrete business done in the last 24 hours:

Gareth Anscombe has picked up a move to the Super Champion Chiefs side for 2013.

Anscombe’s has been offered a one-year deal with the reigning champions, where he will play back-up first five-eighth to All Black Aaron Cruden.

Ansscombe was among a host of Blues players that have been culled from the cellar dwellers from this year.

Player movement to date:


Kane Barrett (Loosie from Taranaki)
Brendon O’Connor (Loosie from Crusaders)
Bryn Hall (Halfback from North Harbour)
Baden Kerr (First-five from Counties Manukau)
Chris Noakes (First-five from Highlanders)
Waisake Naholo (Wing from Taranaki)
Marty McKenzie (Fullback from Southland)


Nick Crosswell (Loosie from Highlanders)
Bundee Aki (Centre from Counties Manukau)
Charlie Ngatai (Centre from Hurricanes)
Gareth Anscombe (First-five from Blues)


Dominic Bird (Lock from Canterbury)


Tony Woodcock (Prop from Blues)
Joe Wheeler (Lock from Crusaders)
Jason Emery (from Manawatu)


Ben Franks (Prop from Crusaders)
Serge Lilo (Loosie from Wellington)


  • I’m guessing these are all players coming in. Any idea who has moved out of the franchises and not been picked up?

    Nice article. I always enjoy seeing who has gone where.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.10.12 08:07:03 by ChrisS Reply
  • baden kerr for anscombe…tge few clips i saw of kerr he looked capable, plays flat, makes good decisions.

    anscombe will learn a lot playing for strawbridge & smith.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.12 08:40:17 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : Wasn’t Sege Lilo already part of the Hurricanes this year?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.12 08:58:59 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : @ChrisS (Comment 3) :

    Kerr is ok but Anscombe I think has huge potential ….. I feel he has a real chance at being the number ONE at the next RWC!

    Re: Lilo …. that is what I thought but maybe that was a season ago!

    I will try and do a much more detailed analysis once the squads are named in a couple of weeks …. there is plenty of water to go under the bridge yet!

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.12 10:37:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander : Any talk of any Argies signing for your franchises?

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.12 11:12:09 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 5) :

    No Argex …. absolutely none … we could do with a few though!

    I see the scrum half is going to be playing with the Kings. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.10.12 21:40:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander : Haha, don’t remind me. That is still a very sore point;-) I just remember the NZRU talking about it a year or two ago, to try and sign one or two Argentine players per union. Most of them are now being refused contract renewals in Europe because of the Rugby Championship. Soon they will have nowhere to play!

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.10.12 21:47:40 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 7) : Yes that is an interesting point ….. I think going forward Argentina need to develop their own domestic competition and if that happens surely they need supported with a side or two in our Super Rugby Competition.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.10.12 03:32:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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