2017 Super Rugby teams

Michael Hooper against the Brumbies (Source: AJF Photography)There are 18 Super Rugby teams contetesting the 2017 season, and you can find each squad list right here.

The 2017 Super Rugby season kicks off on February 23 and will feature 18 teams across four conferences playing 15 games each. While the make-up of the competition might make your head spin (this Super Rugby format explainer will clarify things for you), at the end of the day, each game is just one team versus another.

So to help you stay on top of all the teams, here is every squad in the Super Rugby competition.


Jump to: Australian Conference | New Zealand Conference | South Africa 1 Conference | South Africa 2 Conference


Australian Conference

ACT Brumbies
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The Brumbies had a strong showing in 2016, finishing atop the Australian conference and second overall in the Australasian group. The Canberrans hosted a do or die quarter-final with the Hurricanes only to go down narrowly at a scoreline of 15-9.

They’ve made the finals every year since 2013 and will be hoping to give winning their first title since 2004 a red hot crack.

ACT Brumbies squad: Allan Alaalatoa, Ben Alexander, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Nic Mayhew, Scott Sio, Faalelei Sione, Robbie Abel, Saia Fainga’a, Josh Mann-Rea, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Blake Enever, Tom Staniforth, Chris Alcock, Jarrad Butler, Tom Cusack, Lolo Fakaosilea, Scott Fardy, Ben Hyne, Jordan Smiler, Rob Valetini, Tomás Cubelli, Ryan Lonergan, Joe Powell, Anthony Fainga’a, Kyle Godwin, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Nick Jooste, Christian Lealiifano, Nigel Ah Wong, James Dargaville, Tevita Kuridrani, Andrew Smith, Henry Speight, Lausii Taliauli, Tom Banks, Aidan Toua.


Western Force
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The Force finished last in the 2016 edition of the competition and will certainly be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes this time out.

Keep a close eye on the progress of rugby league convert Curtis Rona, the Force will be hoping he can replicate his impressive try scoring feats from his time with the Canterbury Bulldogs. They’ve never finished higher than 7th since entering the competition in 2006.

Western Force squad: Jermaine Ainsley, Richard Arnold, Adam Coleman, Angus Cottrell, Pek Cowan, Ben Daley, Tetera Faulkner, Richard Hardwick, Ross Haylett-Petty, Matt Hodgson, Kane Koteka, Ben Matwijow, Ben McCalman, Isi Naisarani, Matt Philip, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Anaru Rangi, Harry Scoble, Brynard Stander, Heath Tessmann, Francios van Wyk, Shambeckler Vui, Marcel Brache, Luke Burton, Robbie Coleman, Peter Grant, Dane Haylett-Petty, Jono Lance, Ryan Louwrens, Semisi Masirewa, Bill Meakes, Luke Morahan, Chance Peni, Ian Prior, Curtis Rona, Michael Ruru


Queensland Reds
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The Reds had a forgettable season in 2016, finishing second last in Australia and Australasia combined, winning just three games in the process.

Having recruited big names such as Stephen Moore, George Smith, Scott Higginbotham and Quade Cooper as well as League convert Lachlan Maranta from the Brisbane Broncos, the Reds faithful will be hopeful of a big season for the Queenslanders.

Queensland Reds squad: Sef Fa’agase, Pettowa Paraka, James Slipper, Sam Talakai, Taniela Tupou, Markus Vanzati, Alex Mafi, Stephen Moore, Andrew Ready, Kane Douglas, Cadeyrn Neville, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Michael Gunn, Reece Hewat, Scott Higginbotham, Leroy Houston, Adam Korczyk, George Smith, Caleb Timu, Hendrik Tui, Nick Frisby, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle, Quade Cooper, Jake McIntyre, Samu Kerevi, Campbell Magnay, Duncan Paia’aua, Henry Taefu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Karmichael Hunt, Chris Kuridrani, Lachlan Maranta, Jayden Ngamanu, Eto Nabuli, Izaia Perese.


Melbourne Rebels
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The Rebels had an up and down campaign in 2016, finishing third in the Australian conference and 12th overall. Since entering the competition in 2011, they’ve never finished higher than 10th overall. Former Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete will be one to watch.

Melbourne Rebels squad: Cruze Ah-Nau, Steve Cummins, Dominic Day, Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Colby Fainga’a, Pama Fou, Harley Fox, Jackson Garden-Bachop, James Hanson, Reece Hodge, Mitch Inman, Sam Jeffries, Marika Koroibete, Pat Leafa, Rob Leota, Tyrel Lomax, Jack McGregor, Sean McMahon, Jack Maddocks, Amanaki Mafi, Ben Meehan, Tim Metcher, Tom Moloney, Sefa Naivalu, Jonah Placid, Jordy Reid, Culum Retallick, Dominic Shipperley, Siliva Siliva, Toby Smith, Mick Snowden, Nic Stirzaker, Lopeti Timani, Alex Toolis, Sione Tuipulotu, Jordan Uelese, Laurie Weeks.


NSW Waratahs
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The ‘Tahs finished three points off the top of the Australian group in 2016 and missed out on a finals berth by the same margin. It will be a season of transition for the New South Welshmen, with a number of big transfers taking place in the offseason.

They’ll be without retired Benn Robinson, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, former captain Dave Dennis and the talented Kurtley Beale. However, they welcome the return of Sekope Kepu and the signing of Olympian Cameron Clark. 2016 was their worst points total since 2012.

NSW Waratahs squad: Sekope Kepu, Sam Needs, Tom Robertson, Paddy Ryan, Matt Sandell, Angus Ta’avao, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tolu Latu, Hugh Roach, Ned Hanigan, Ryan McCauley, Dean Mumm, Will Skelton, Senio Toleafoa, Jack Dempsey, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Michael Wells, Brad Wilkin, Jake Gordon, Matt Lucas, Nick Phipps, Andrew Deegan, Bernard Foley, Bryce Hegarty, Mack Mason, Israel Folau, Irae Simone, Rob Horne, David Horwitz, Cameron Clark, Harry Jones, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Andrew Kellaway, Reece Robinson.


New Zealand Conference

Blues
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The Blues finished last in the New Zealand conference in 2016, but still only missed the finals by four points. The Auckland hierarchy will be hoping that new signing Sonny Bill Williams will power the side to a finals finish in 2017. They haven’t featured in the pointy end of the season since 2011.

Blues squad: Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, TJ Faiane, Billy Guyton, Rieko Ioane, Matt Vaega, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Sam Nock, Declan O’Donnell, Stephen Perofeta, Augustine Pulu, Rene Ranger, Jordon Trainor, Ihaia West, Sonny Bill Williams, Piers Francis, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Epalahame Faiva, Charlie Faumuina, Blake Gibson, Josh Goodhue, Alex Hodgman, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Sione Mafileo, Pauliasi Manu, Matt Moulds, Brandon Nansen, James Parsons, Sam Prattley, Kara Pryor, Scott Scrafton, Murphy Taramai, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jimmy Tupou, Ofa Tu’ungafasi.


Chiefs
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The Chiefs finished the 2016 season in third position in the New Zealand conference, just two points off top spot in the conference and the overall Super Rugby standings. They went down in the semi-finals to eventual winners the Hurricanes.

Having lost All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams to rivals the Blues, they’ll be hoping to consolidate their impressive performances in the new year – flyhalf Aaron Cruden will be key once again. The Chiefs haven’t missed the finals since 2011.

Chiefs squad: Nepo Laulala, Atu Moli, Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, Mitchell Graham, Kane Hames, Sosefo Kautai, Hika Elliot, Nathan Harris, Liam Polwart, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Michael Allardice, James Tucker, Taleni Seu, Liam Messam, Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Mitchell Karpik, Lachlan Boshier, Tom Sanders, Michael Leitch, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Brad Weber, Finlay Christie, Aaron Cruden, Stephen Donald, Damian McKenzie, Charlie Ngatai, Anton Lienert-Brown, Johnny Fa’auli, Tim Nanai-Williams, Solomon Alaimalo, Sam McNicol, James Lowe, Chase Tiatia, Toni Pulu, Glen Fisiiahi, Shaun Stevenson.


Crusaders
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The Crusaders finished a misleading fourth in the New Zealand conference in 2016, despite notching up 50 points and winning just as many games as the champion Hurricanes in the process. They exited the competition in the quarter-finals at the hands of the runner-up Lions.

Come 2017, they welcome former Wallaby Digby Ioane to the fold amongst others. They’ve also got a new head coach as Scott Robertson joins directly from the All Blacks U20 setup. The Crusaders have a proud history having only missed the finals four times since the inception of Super Rugby in 1996.

Crusaders squad: Michael Alaalatoa, Wyatt Crockett, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Jed Brown, Mitchell Dunshea, Kieran Read, Pete Samu, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Mitchell Drummond, Leon Fukofuka, Bryn Hall, Tim Bateman, Marty McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Sean Wainui, George Bridge, Israel Dagg, Sione Fifita, Mitchell Hunt, Digby Ioane, Jone Macilai, Manasa Mataele


Highlanders
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The Highlanders completed last season in third place, just a single point off the eventual champions. They went as deep as the semi-finals where they were beaten by the Lions. The 2015 champions will be hoping to keep up their form of recent years, having not missed the finals since 2013.

Highlanders squad: Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Guy Millar, Siate Tokolahi, Aki Seiuli, Craig Millar, Tom Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Alex Ainley, Josh Dickson, Jackson Hemopo, Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, James Lentjes, Gareth Evans, Dan Pryor, Shane Christie, Elliot Dixon, Aaron Smith, Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Lima Sopoaga, Hayden Parker, Fletcher Smith, Rob Thompson, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Patrick Osborne, Tevita Li, Jason Emery , Ben Smith


Hurricanes
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The Hurricanes were crowned champions in 2016, clinching the minor premiership as well as the title with a 20-3 win over the Lions in the final. They’ll be hoping for more of the same in the new year with a strong side comprising of a large amount of All Blacks regulars including Nehe Milner-Skudder, Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea to name a few.

Hurricanes squad: Chris Eves, Reggie Goodes, Ben May, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Loni Uhila, Mike Kainga, Dane Coles, Leni Apisai, Ricky Riccitelli, Mark Abbott, James Broadhurst, Geoffrey Cridge, Michael Fatialofa, Sam Lousi, Callum Gibbins, Vaea Fifita, Reed Prinsep, Hugh Renton, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Toa Halafihi, TJ Perenara, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kylem O’Donnell, Beauden Barrett, Otere Black, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Matt Proctor, Pita Ahki, Wes Goosen, Cory Jane, Julian Savea, Ben Lam, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Jordie Barrett.


South Africa 1 Conference

Bulls
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The Bulls finished second in the South African Conference and still managed to miss the finals in 2016, albeit by a solitary point. They haven’t made the finals since 2013, and will be hoping that Springboks captain Adriaan Strauss can inspire his side to an improved finish in 2017.

Bulls squad:
Jacobie Adriaanse, Martin Dreyer, Lizo Gqoboka, John-Roy Jenkinson, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Pierre Schoeman, Gerhard Steenekamp, Conraad van Vuuren, Corniel Els, Edgar Marutlulle, Adriaan Strauss, Alandré van Rooyen, Jaco Visagie, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, Abongile Nonkontwana, Ryno Pieterse, Eli Snyman, RG Snyman, Hendré Stassen, Ruben van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Arno Botha, Nick de Jager, Jannes Kirsten, Freddy Ngoza, Jacques Potgieter, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Marco van Staden, Renaldo Bothma, Hanro Liebenberg, Eduan Lubbe, Rudy Paige, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Piet van Zyl, André Warner, Francois Brummer, Tony Jantjies, Manie Libbok, Handré Pollard, Tian Schoeman, Joshua Stander, Boeta Hamman, JT Jackson, Johnny Kôtze, Jesse Kriel, Franco Naudé, Burger Odendaal, Jan Serfontein, Dries Swanepoel, Irvin Ali, Travis Ismaiel, Andell Loubser, Kefentse Mahlo, Sibahle Maxwane, Luther Obi, Jade Stighling, Jamba Ulengo, Ulrich Beyers, Earll Douwrie, Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews, Divan Rossouw.


Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs finished third last in the South African conference last season and 14th overall. They’ve made the finals just once in their history, in 2013, where they finished an all-time best 6th place. An improved performance and a finals berth will be their goal.

Central Cheetahs squad:
Tom Botha, Aranos Coetzee, Luan de Bruin, Erich de Jager, Günther Janse van Vuuren, Charles Marais, Danie Mienie, Ox Nché, Jacques du Toit, Joseph Dweba, Elandré Huggett, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Reinach Venter, Justin Basson, Reniel Hugo, Armandt Koster, Francois Uys, Ntokozo Vidima, Dennis Visser, Carl Wegner, Tienie Burger, Uzair Cassiem, Hilton Lobberts, Steven Meiring, Oupa Mohojé, Gerhard Olivier, Boom Prinsloo, Fiffy Rampeta, Paul Schoeman, Henco Venter, Jasper Wiese, Niell Jordaan, Junior Pokomela, Tian Meyer, Zee Mkhabela, JP Smith, Shaun Venter, , Ryno Eksteen, Niel Marais, Clinton Swart, Fred Zeilinga, Nico Lee, Ali Mgijima, William Small-Smith, Michael van der Spuy, Francois Venter, Lihleli Xoli, Rayno Benjamin, Maphutha Dolo, Mosolwa Mafuma, Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, Clayton Blommetjies.


Stormers
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The Stormers were firmly atop the first South African conference in 2016 and will be hoping to reaffirm that position when the new season rolls around. Long time servant Schalk Burger will be a loss.

They’ve finished third the past two seasons and will be hoping to go one or two better in 2017.

Stormers squad:
JC Janse van Rensburg, Oli Kebble, Frans Malherbe, JP Smith, Alistair Vermaak, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Ramone Samuels, Jan de Klerk, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, JD Schickerling, Jurie van Vuuren, Chris van Zyl, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jacques Vermeulen, Stephan de Wil, Johan du Toit, Nizaam Carr, Kobus van Dyk, Jano Vermaak, Godlen Masimla, Louis Schreuder, Justin Phillips, Kurt Coleman, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Brandon Thomson, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Dan du Plessis, Huw Jones, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Seabelo Senatla, Scott van Breda, Kobus van Wyk, Leolin Zas, Cheslin Kolbe, EW Viljoen, SP Marais.


Sunwolves
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The Sunwolves’ first season in Super Rugby didn’t exactly go well. They finished last with just one win and one draw under their belts in 2016. They’re a very new franchise and will be hoping to find their feet better in their second season.

Sunwolves squad:
Keita Inagaki, Masataka Mikami, Koki Yamamoto, Takeshi Kizu, Takeshi Hino, Shota Horie, Takuma Asahara, Heiichiro Ito, Koo Ji-Won, Hitoshi Ono, Kyosuke Kajikawa, Shinya Makabe, Liaki Moli, Willie Britz, Ed Quirk, Uwe Helu, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Shuhei Matsuhashi, Malgene Ilaua, Yuhimaru Mimura, Keisuke Uchida, Takahiro Ogawa, Fumiaki Tanaka, Kaito Shigeno, Yuki Yatomi, Harumichi Tatekawa, Hikaru Tamura, Yu Tamura, Hayden Cripps, Teruya Goto, Kenki Fukuoka, Timothy Lafaele, Derek Carpenter, Yasutaka Sasakura, Kotaro Matsushima, Riaan Viljoen


South Africa 2 Conference

Jaguares
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The Jaguares faired better than their fellow first seasoners the Sunwolves. The Argentines finished third in the second South African conference and 13th overall, with a total of 22 points. They’ll be looking to move up and assert themselves as a real contender in 2017.

Jaguares squad:
Cristian Bartoloni, Santiago García Botta, Facundo Gigena, Ramiro Herrera, Lucas Noguera Paz, Enrique Pieretto, Roberto Tejerizo, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Facundo Bosch, Agustín Creevy, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Juan Cruz Guillemaín, Marcos Kremer, Ignacio Larrague, Tomás Lavanini, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Báez, Facundo Isa, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Tomás Lezana, Benjamín Macome, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Santiago Portillo, Leonardo Senatore, Gonzalo Bertranou, Felipe Ezcurra, Martín Landajo, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Juan Martín Hernández, Gabriel Ascárate, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago Álvarez, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Santiago Cordero, Manuel Montero, Emiliano Boffelli, Ramiro Moyano, Joaquín Tuculet


Southern Kings
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The Kings languished in 2016, winning just two games on their way to an embarrassing points total of nine. Only the Sunwolves stopped them from claiming the wooden spoon.

They’ll be hoping a raft of personnel changes also help to change their position on the final table in their first back to back season in the tournament.

Southern Kings squad:
Schalk Ferreira, Justin Forwood, Ross Geldenhuys, Chris Heiberg, Schalk van der Merwe, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Tango Balekile, Martin Bezuidenhout, Mike Willemse, Irné Herbst, Cameron Lindsay, Sintu Manjezi, Tyler Paul, Wandile Putuma, Mzwanele Zito, Thembelani Bholi, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, CJ Velleman, Stefan Willemse, , Christiaan de Bruin, Ruaan Lerm, James Hall, Ricky Schroeder, Johan Steyn, Rudi van Rooyen, Coyi Banda, Lionel Cronjé, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Garrick Mattheus, Berton Klaasen, Neil Maritz, Waylon Murray, Alshaun Bock, Ntabeni Dukisa, Siyanda Grey, Malcolm Jaer, Makazole Mapimpi, Wandile Mjekevu, Yaw Penxe, Luzuko Vulindlu, Chrysander Botha, Johann Tromp.


Lions
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The Lions were Super Rugby’s runners-up in 2016, going down in the final to the Hurricanes. They finished the regular season second overall and will be hoping to build on a really promising campaign which yielded their first finals appearance since 2001.

Lions squad:
Ruan Dreyer, Julian Redelinghuys, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Cyle Brink, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck.


Sharks
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The Sharks were the runners-up in the second South African conference last season and snuck into the finals series with an 8th place overall finish. Unfortunately, their finals appearance didn’t quite go as planned, they were convincingly dismantled by the future champion Hurricanes at an embarrassing scoreline of 41-0.

Sharks squad:
Lourens Adriaanse, Thomas du Toit, Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer, Enoch Mnyaka, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Schoeman, Stephan Coetzee, Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha, Jean Droste, Stephan Lewies, Giant Mtyanda, Etienne Oosthuizen, Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Jean-Luc du Preez, Francois Kleinhans, Khaya Majola, Tera Mtembu, Jacques Vermeulen, Dan du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Michael Claassens, Rowan Gouws, Cobus Reinach, Garth April, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Patrick Lambie, Inny Radebe, Lukhanyo Am, Tristan Blewett, Johan Deysel, André Esterhuizen, Marius Louw, Jeremy Ward, Ilunga Mukendi, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, S’busiso Nkosi, S’bura Sithole, Kobus van Wyk, Curwin Bosch, Clément Poitrenaud, Rhyno Smith.

Last updated: 14 March, 2017