All 12 squads for the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific tournament have been announced.
A new generation of talent is set to light up Super Rugby Pacific in 2024 after an off-season headlined by 33 player transfers and the signing of six capped international* recruits to join the established stars across the 12 squads.
While the arrival of highly-regarded internationals* is a welcome addition to the competition, there are also 70 rookies among the 455 contracted players, ready to write themselves into the storied history of Super Rugby.
Amongst the players donning new club colours in 2024 is Angus Ta’avao who has gone full circle back to the Blues where he started his Super Rugby career in 2012, and Julian Savea, who will wear the colours of Moana Pasifika. Brad Shields and Ryan Crotty are other familiar faces to return to their roots with the Hurricanes and Crusaders respectively, bringing vast experience back to their clubs.
Wallabies star Taniela Tupou has touched down at the Melbourne Rebels, the Western Force have lured Nic White and Ben Donaldson to Perth, while the Reds are banking on their young guns, with a remarkable 10 rookies in their squad for 2024.
The Fijian Drua are symbolic of the Super Rugby Pacific’s new beginnings, bristling with confidence after their national team’s Rugby World Cup showing and bolstered with four rookies who have represented Fiji Under 20s.
Joining the class of ‘24 are six international signings* including Wales internationals Leigh Halfpenny (Crusaders) and Rhys Patchell, who is joined by Argentina fullback Martin Bogado as he heads into his second season with the Highlanders. There is an international flavour across the competition as players return from stints in Japan, the United States and Europe to test themselves in the Super Rugby Pacific environment.
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NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said:
“It’s always an exciting time of the year to see the Super Rugby Pacific squads released, especially with all 12 squads on the same day.
“For New Zealand Rugby, each Rugby World Cup cycle provides opportunity for new stars to emerge which makes 2024 the start of an exciting new chapter. It’s great to see the names of players who have earned their first full time contract, we know how hard those players have worked to get there.”
Rugby Australia CEO Phil Waugh said: “With the squads now revealed, there is no doubt the Super Rugby Pacific competition will continue to showcase the greatest rugby talent from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Whether it’s a rookie striving to put their name up in lights, or an experienced campaigner looking to make a mark at a new club, these squads promise so many potential storylines for the fans to get excited about.”
*International signings indicate players capped for a national team outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.