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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:00 am 
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Are we doing these on a franchise-by-franchise basis? OK.

2018 Highlanders Super Rugby squad:

Backs: Ben Smith, Josh McKay, Tevita Li, Waisake Naholo, Tevita Nabura, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Richard Buckman, Patelesio Tomkinson, Matt Faddes, Rob Thompson, Teihorangi Walden, Lima Sopoaga, Fletcher Smith, Josh Ioane, Josh Renton, Kayne Hammington, Aaron Smith

Forwards: Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, Elliot Dixon, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, James Lentjes , Dan Pryor, Alex Ainley, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Josh Dickson, Pari Pari Parkinson, Kalolo Tuiloma, Siate Tokolahi, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Tyrel Lomax, Aki Seiuli, Guy Millar, Ash Dixon, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Liam Coltman

Good continuity overall. Losing Malakai Fekitoa and Patrick Osborne will hurt out wide, and it's a shame Marty Banks moved on. But some exciting new talent coming through in the backline, and that forward pack won't take a backward step to anybody.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:23 am 
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Great talent, smart coach.

2018 Champions. Here, etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:34 am 
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Still need a decent backup for Sopoanga. Fletcher Smith can kick handily, but he's a bit up and down on defence and can have dropsies a bit much. Otherwise, it's a pretty handy set of backs.

Up front, the loosies look outstanding, but we could be lacking some height at line-out and the front row is a bit light in experience.

Going to be an interesting comp for the Landers, potential is there to get up.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:44 am 
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Josh Ioane will leapfrog Fletcher Smith, who hasn't looked the same since his Super Rugby failure earlier this year.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:09 am 
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Any of youse clan fans know why the away strip is that aweful green and not southland maroon?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:40 am 
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Ogre wrote:
Any of youse clan fans know why the away strip is that aweful green and not southland maroon?


I would definitely prefer the latter.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:42 am 
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Ogre wrote:
Any of youse clan fans know why the away strip is that aweful green and not southland maroon?



A few years back they were going to change the colours completely, some pish about creating a Highlanders identity I think. They brought out a green jersey and folk kicked off. They backed down but kept the green as the change jersey. I thought they'd have gone back to maroon by now though.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:28 am 
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Steamin Beamin wrote:
Ogre wrote:
Any of youse clan fans know why the away strip is that aweful green and not southland maroon?



A few years back they were going to change the colours completely, some pish about creating a Highlanders identity I think. They brought out a green jersey and folk kicked off. They backed down but kept the green as the change jersey. I thought they'd have gone back to maroon by now though.

So in summary marketing wankers being plonkers. :x


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