Kiwis shuffle Super Rugby squads

 Dec 07,2012
Written by: Editor

The New Zealand Rugby Union have announced the wider training groups for their 2013 Super Rugby teams with some notable inclusions.

Twenty five additional players were named on Thursday and will report for duty for the first time with their franchises next week.

Commonwealth Games Sevens gold medallist Kurt Baker heads to the Crusaders after failing to make the Highlanders squad.

The Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Pauliasi Manu after the prop's move to the Melbourne Rebels fell through.

Manu had switched to the Rebels from the Blues, however he returned to New Zealand after failing a medical due to a neck problem.

However following extensive investigations, including consulting a top spinal specialist, the Chiefs team doctor, the NZRU Medical Director Doctor and the Auckland team doctor have all deemed that Manu is completely fit to play.

Manu replaces Bay of Plenty prop Josh Hohneck in the squad, after Hohneck badly injured his ankle in a farming accident.

The Highlanders have confirmed Tony Ensor, Huge Blake, Doug Tietjens, Bronson Murray and Frae Wilson as their wider training group.

Murray initially joined the Highlanders in 2010 after previous stints at the Blues and Crusaders, with the prop having been selected for the Maori All Blacks last season.

Tietjens remains at the Highlanders for a second season, having first caught the eye of coach Jamie Joseph in the ITM Cup with Manawatu.

Wilson, Ensor and New Zealand U20s international Blake will all be making their first forays into Super Rugby.

New Zealand Super Rugby wider training groups:

Pita Ahki
Joe Edwards
Albert Nikoro
Sean Polwart
Lolagi Visinia

Mike Kainga
Michael Leitch
Pauliasi Manu
Maritino Nemani
Matt Vant Leven

Richard Buckman
Mike Coman
Ash Dixon
Callum Gibbins
Ope Peleseuma

Kurt Baker
Adrian Barone
Joel Everson
Paea Fa'anunu
Kieron Fonotia

Hugh Blake
Tony Ensor
Bronson Murray
Doug Tietjens
Frae Wilson



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