Super 14 wider training groups named
December 8, 2009
Taniela Moa has been named in the wider Blues squad © Getty Images
The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced 18 new players to be added to next year's Super 14 wider training groups.
A total of 35 players have been named in wider training groups for the five New Zealand franchises. The supplementary players named will act as back-up and provide injury cover for the full squads announced in Auckland last month.
Scrum-half Taniela Moa has found a route back to Super Rugby after not being selected in the draft. The Auckland regular is included in the Blues wider group along with North Harbour fly-half Mike Harris, who enjoyed a strong Air New Zealand Cup in 2009.
Super 14 wider training groups:
Blues: Michael Reid (prop, North Harbour), Ash Dixon (hooker, Auckland), James King (lock, North Harbour), Onosa'i Auva'a (back-row, Auckland), Taniela Moa (scrum-half, Auckland), Michael Harris (fly-half, North Harbour), Jack McPhee (fullback, North Harbour)
Chiefs: Toby Smith (prop, Waikato), Vern Kamo (hooker, Waikato), Toby Lynn (lock, Waikato), Jack Lam (back-row, Waikato), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (scrum-half, Waikato), Trent Renata (fly-half, Waikato), Jason Hona (wing, Bay of Plenty)
Hurricanes: Michael Bent (prop, Taranaki), Ged Robinson (hooker, Wellington), Api Naikatini (lock, Wellington), Faifili Levave (back-row, Wellington), Chris Eaton (scrum-half, Hawkes Bay), Johnny Leota (centre, Manawatu), Alapati Leiua (wing, Wellington)
Crusaders: Hamish Cochrane (prop, Tasman), Quentin MacDonald (hooker, Tasman), Joe Wheeler (lock, Tasman), Matt Todd (back-row, Canterbury), Ash Parker (back-row, Canterbury), Willie Heinz (scrum-half, Canterbury), Tu Umaga-Marshall (wing, Canterbury)
Highlanders: Sam Hibbard (prop, Otago), Sam Anderson-Heather (hooker, Otago), Hoani Matenga (back-row, Otago), Scott Cowan (scrum-half, Southland), Chris Noakes (fly-half, Otago), Brett Mather (centre, Otago), Ryan Shortland (wing, Otago)
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