2018 Super Rugby squads

Who’s in, who’s out? As we ease toward Vodacom Super Rugby 2018, we take a gander at the player transfers in the South African squads.

SHARKS
In:
Robert du Preez (Stormers)
Ross Geldenhuys (Kings)
Gideon Koegelenberg (Zebre)
Makazole Mapimpi (Cheetahs)
Tyler Paul (Kings)
Louis Schreuder (Kings)
Akker van der Merwe (Lions)
Cameron Wright (Montpellier)
Leolin Zas (Stormers)

Out:
Lourens Adriaanse (Pau)
Stephan Coetzee (Kings)
Jean Deysel (Ulster)
Rowan Gouws (Kings)
Francois Kleynhans (Pumas)
Pat Lambie (Racing 92)
Khaya Majola (Kings)
Odwa Ndungane (retired)
Etienne Oosthuizen (Lyon)
Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints)
S’bura Sithole (Kings)
Hanco Venter (released)

Squad

Forwards: Armand van der Merwe, Coenraad Oosthuizen, Mahlatse Ralepelle, Daniel du Preez, Franco Marais, Gideon Koegelenberg, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean Droste, Jean-Luc du Preez, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman, Keegan Daniel, Kerron van Vuuren, Khuta Mchunu, Lubabalo Mtembu, Mzamo Majola, Philip van der Walt, Ross Geldenhuys, Ruan Botha (c), Stephan Lewies, Tendai Mtawarira, Thomas du Toit, Tyler Paul, Wian Vosloo
Backs: Andre Esterhuizen, Cameron Wright, Courtney Winnaar, Curwin Bosch, Garth April, Grant Williams, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel, Jacobus van Wyk, Leolin Zas, Louis Schreuder, Lukhanyo Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Makazole Mapimpi, Marius Louw, Michael Claassens, Rhyno Smith, Robert du Preez, Sibusiso Nkosi, Tristan Blewett

STORMERS
In:
Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs)
Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs)
JJ Engelbrecht (Shuttles)
Joshua Stander (Bulls)
Neething Fouche (Bulls)

Out:
Bjorn Basson (Oyonnax)
Kurt Coleman (Kings)
Juan de Jongh (Wasps)
Rob du Preez (Sharks)
Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse)
Huw Jones (Glasgow)
Oli Kebble (Glasgow)
Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse)
Godlen Masimla (Kings)
Brandon Thompson (Glasgow)
Frans van Wyk (Bulls)

Squad
Forwards:
Juarno Augustus, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Coetzee, Jan de Klerk, Stephan de Wit, Johan du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Neethling Fouche, JC Janse van Rensberg, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi (c), Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Salmaan Moerat, Dean Muir, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Caylib Oosthuizen, Carlu Sadie, Ramone Samuels, JD Schickerling, Kobus van Dyk, Chris van Zyl, Alistair Vermaak, Cobus Wiese, Eduard Zandberg
Backs: Craig Barry, Damian de Allende, Paul de Wet, Dan du Plessis, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Dewaldt Duvenage, JJ Engelbrecht, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, SP Marais, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Raymond Rhule, Seabelo Senatla, Joshua Stander, Jano Vermaak, EW Viljoen, George Whitehead, Damian Willemse

LIONS
In:
Christiaan Meyer (Griquas)
Khwezi Mona (Pumas)

Out:
Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester)
Fabian Booysen (released)
Faf de Klerk (Sale)
Jaques Nel (Kings)
Akker van der Merwe (Sharks)
Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)
Hencus van Wyk (Munakata Sanix Blues)

Squad
Forwards:
Jacobie Adriaanse, Cyle Brink, Robbie Coetzee, Hacjivah Dayimani, Ruan Dreyer, Willie Engelbrecht, Lourens Erasmus, Andries Ferreira, Corne Fourie, Rhyno Herbst, Johannes Jonker, Jaco Kriel, Robert Kruger, Malcolm Marx, Len Massyn, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie, Marnus Schoeman, Sti Sithole, Kwagga Smith, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Warren Whiteley (captain)
Backs: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Ross Cronjé, Ashlon Davids, Aphiwe Dyanti, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Elton Jantjies, Sylvian Mahuza, Lionel Mapoe, Tiaan Meyer, Howard Mnisi, Shaun Reynolds, Courtnall Skosan, Dillon Smit, Madosh Tambwe, Harold Vorster

BULLS
In:
Tim Agaba (SA Sevens)
Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht)
Thembelani Boli (Kings)
Dayan van der Westhuizen (Kings)
Frans van Wyk (Stormers)
Jano Venter (Lions)

Out:
Jacobie Adriaanse (Lions)
Arno Botha (London Irish)
Renaldo Bothma (Harlequins)
Martin Dryer (Kings)
Kefentse Mahlo (released)
Sibahle Maxwane (released)
Luther Obi (Cheetahs)
Marnus Schoeman (Pumas)
Tian Schoeman (Bordeaux)
Jan Serfontein (Montpellier)
Piet van Zyl (London Irish)

Squad

Backs: Warrick Gelant, Duncan Matthews, Travis Ismaiel, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling, Divan Rossouw, Burger Odendaal, JT Jackson, Francois Brummer, Jesse Kriel, Johnny Kotze, Handre Pollard, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok, Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Embrose Papier
Forwards: Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Hendre Stassen, Hanro Liebenberg, Jannes Kirsten, Nic de Jager, Tim Agaba, Jason Jenkins, Ruben van Heerden, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Aston Fortuin, Pierre Schoeman, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane, Jaco Visagie, Adriaan Strauss, Edgar Marutlulle

Any that we have missed? Please drop it in as a comment below.

Which of the above do you think will have the biggest impact?

CLICK HERE for all 15 Super Rugby player squads, including the 2017/18 transfers

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

Let's chat

  • Johan

    I think you should add the coaches

  • Barry Smith

    The objective of dropping the Kings and Cheetahs was to make more talent available to the remaining four franchises. There is exactly 8 plays in from them and 8 returned to them, with a net “0” improvement.!! Care to explain Mr Roux?

  • stormramp

    Plain crap. How on earth can Jurie Roux still work for the union. Absolutely horse sh……t. How does he embrace development if ppl are being release. Again talent going to waste. But its okay for the Boks to play against Wales when they at their weakest and easy for SaRu to sell the Boks short to play a game for a few million. Put Jurie Roux on the list aswell

    • Mike Stoop

      Most of the provinces were pretty bloated with some real carthorses. I am surprised that there aren’t more players in the “released” category. We have too many professional rugby players for the size of our economy anyway. Releasing older player to take up overseas contracts allows new blood into the system as well. Most franchises are depending on their age group pipelines to provide new talent now. Cheaper than the flagship players who will always be good provincial players and nothing more.

      The 2019 World Cup is a bust anyway. We may as well start looking towards 2023. We have done well in France in the past, so we should use this opportunity to get ready.

      I can almost guarantee you that very little “proven” talent goes to “waste”. The late bloomers are the ones who miss out. Players should know that if they don’t make SA Schools or SA u/20, they should go overseas, if they want to earn real money. Once they are there, our current tax regime forces them to take up citizenship. In this country of no vision and race classifications, you have to realise that if you don’t make the age group quota, you have to emigrate, or get a real job.

      The Boks can’t fill a stadium in SA. The fans prefer to watch on the telly at home. Same with the franchises. The money has to come from somewhere. So they played Wales. The fact that the “massive amount of talent” in SA can’t beat a crocked Wales, is certainly not Roux’s fault.

      Fans should do some introspection and decide what they really want. Older, experienced, skilled, players or “woelige” young flash-in-the-pans whose skills go to hell under pressure. Once we have decided that, we should go to the stadiums and support them, win or lose. Then we become supporters, not just fans and critics.

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