Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?



  • For me (including the newbies for the WTG) :
    From the NZ U20 and the Mitre 10 Cup teams : Jordan, MacKay (done), Ennor (done), Tua, T. Umaga-Jensen, Para-Para, L. Jacobson, Papali'i (done ?), Walker Leawere, Aumua (done)
    From the Mitre 10 Cup teams : Aumua (Tasman), Frizell (Tasman), Blackadder (Tasman), Salmon (Tasman), Sowakula (Taranaki), Profitt (Taranaki), Wyrill (Taranaki), Verney (Wellington), Ben-Nicholas (Wellington), Kirifi (Wellington), Fahamokioa (Wellington), Parete (BoP), Plummer (Auckland), Ravouvou (Auckland), Wright (Northland), Cameron (Canterbury), Tuilamo (Counties), Henwood (Counties).



  • I'm really struggling to recall some of the names mentioned above, in particular Salmon (Tasman) and Wyrill (Taranaki). There seems to be a good number of loose forwards amongst the list so most of them will be locked out anyway by those already holding contracts for next season as you can't pick everyone. Maybe they can all go to the Rebels?



  • Loketi Manu (Auckland). Would be interesting to see if Nico Costa can step up.



  • Monty Ioane (Bop)
    Jordan Manihera (waikato)
    Jade Te Rure (manawatu)
    Fraser Armstrong (manawatu)
    Josh Ioane (otago)
    Jonah Nareki (otago but picked up by nz7s)
    Matt Johnson (southland)
    Mason Emerson (Hawkes Bay) is a midget but has pace to burn and is fearless.

    As mentioned in the initial post , I think Sam Henwood is rumoured to be heading to the canes.



  • @kiwidom said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    Monty Ioane (Bop)
    Jordan Manihera (waikato)
    Jade Te Rure (manawatu)
    Fraser Armstrong (manawatu)
    Josh Ioane (otago)
    Jonah Nareki (otago but picked up by nz7s)
    Matt Johnson (southland)
    Mason Emerson (Hawkes Bay) is a midget but has pace to burn and is fearless.

    As mentioned in the initial post , I think Sam Henwood is rumoured to be heading to the canes.

    How about fin hoeata?



  • @higgins
    Salmon is a THP who impressed when Tasman had Halakonuka and Lomax injured. He's strongly built and could be selected in a WTG.
    Wyrill is Sowakula's understudy in Taranaki. He's got some gas and a physique which will suit perfectly to the SR competition.



  • Emerson reminds me of Lowe, just a bit smaller. Not so sold on this much vaunted pace he possesses though.



  • @bones Last sevens season, Emerson trained with the All Black 7s (he was in the development squad) and in their time trials, he was the fastest of them all.



  • @stargazer sure, I can believe that. Just I don't see too many time trials happening in the middle of a game of rugby.



  • R Wright, M Matich and T Tua from Northland, also Jack Ram but as he has been capped by Tonga means he is very unlikely.

    Have heard whispers a couple of others are being looked at, a few that would certainly not let anyone down but expect lots of teams have players to fit that.



  • @bones I probably chose the wrong word. Speed test, race against team mates etc. Anyway, I've seen him play often enough to know he's very, very quick on those short legs.



  • From the Steelers:

    Sam Henwood
    Orbyn Leger (WTG/Development team)
    Luteru Laulala
    Kalolo Tuiloma ( Get him a bit fitter and he will be a beast)
    Matiaha Martin ( WTG/Development team)
    Baden Kerr
    Sam Furniss (WTG /Development team)
    Tevita Nabura
    Ronald Raaymakers
    Fotu Lokotui
    Joe Royal
    Stephen 'Beaver' Donald



  • @bones said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    Emerson reminds me of Lowe, just a bit smaller. Not so sold on this much vaunted pace he possesses though.

    Emerson is a bit smaller, but not as good as Lowe, in saying that is Emerson much smaller than Goosen?



  • @nepia said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    @bones said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    Emerson reminds me of Lowe, just a bit smaller. Not so sold on this much vaunted pace he possesses though.

    Emerson is a bit smaller, but not as good as Lowe, in saying that is Emerson much smaller than Goosen?

    Goosen is 4cm taller than Emerson, who's 174cm according to his Magpies profile.



  • @stargazer said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    @nepia said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    @bones said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    Emerson reminds me of Lowe, just a bit smaller. Not so sold on this much vaunted pace he possesses though.

    Emerson is a bit smaller, but not as good as Lowe, in saying that is Emerson much smaller than Goosen?

    Goosen is 4cm taller than Emerson, who's 174cm according to his Magpies profile.

    Goosen is 178cm? Hmmm, I always thought he was smaller. Now I can't make my joke about the Canes allowing midgets but only from Wellington. Hurrumph. 😉



  • Yes to Sowakula - hes been great for the 'Naki



  • @mikedogz said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    From the Steelers:

    Sam Henwood
    Orbyn Leger (WTG/Development team)
    Luteru Laulala
    Kalolo Tuiloma ( Get him a bit fitter and he will be a beast)
    Matiaha Martin ( WTG/Development team)
    Baden Kerr
    Sam Furniss (WTG /Development team)
    Tevita Nabura
    Ronald Raaymakers
    Fotu Lokotui
    Joe Royal
    > Stephen 'Beaver' Donald

    It would be great for Beaver to finally get a first Super contract. 🙂



  • @mikedogz Leger looks like a classy prospect. I'd be surprised if he isn't picked.

    Joe Royal was in the Blues squad as an injury replacement this year.



  • @nepia First as a counties player 🙂



  • @bones said in Who would you like to earn a first SR contract ?:

    @stargazer sure, I can believe that. Just I don't see too many time trials happening in the middle of a game of rugby.

    Scotland had a bloke called James Craig who could do 10.6 for 100 metres and he went on to be a household name.