Players transfer ahead of Air New Zealand Cup     30 May 2007

The New Zealand Rugby Union today released a list of 25 players who have transferred to new provinces.

Current Rebel Sport Super 14 players on the move include Crusaders winger Caleb Ralph and his midfielder team mate Rua Tipoki, Hurricanes lock Bernie Upton and hooker Tone Kopelani, Blues loose forward Justin Collin and prop Sam Biddles. Other high-profile players moving include Rebel Sport Super 14 wider training group players Ross Kennedy and Craig Clarke and recent Super 14 players Tim Boys and Tony Koonwaiyou.

Overall, Northland is the biggest benefactor of the transfer period, with five players heading north, while four players are moving to Taranaki and three to Hawke’s Bay.

The transfer period ran from 1 October to 25 May. The list also includes transfers announced last October prior to the selection of the Rebel Sport Super 14 teams. It also includes players who were on loan to provinces last year who have now transferred permanently.

The Air New Zealand Cup kicks off on Thursday 26 July when Manawatu hosts Waikato.

The full list of player transfers for 2007 is:

Player Name - Transferring from - Transferring to
Aaron Bancroft * - Canterbury - Otago
Bernie Upton * - Bay of Plenty - Wellington
Caleb Ralph - Canterbury - Tasman
Craig Clarke - Canterbury - Taranaki
Daniel Morath - Poverty Bay - Hawke’s Bay
George Naoupu * - Canterbury - Hawke’s Bay
Grant Polson - Otago - Manawatu
James Afoa * - Bay of Plenty - North Harbour
Jody Allen - Poverty Bay - Hawke’s Bay
Justin Collins - Auckland - Northland
Leo Taliu - Auckland - Northland
Matt France - Canterbury - Taranaki
Michael Rowe - Northland - Manawatu
Mike Davis - Canterbury - Northland
Paul Perez - Wanganui - Taranaki
Rees Logan - Southland - Tasman
Roimata Hansell-Pune - Auckland - Waikato
Ross Kennedy - Wellington - Otago
Rua Tipoki * - North Harbour - Canterbury
Sam Biddles - Waikato - North Harbour
Shane Cleaver - Canterbury - Taranaki
Steven Baker - Waikato - Northland
Tim Boys - Otago - Southland
Tone Kopelani - Canterbury - Wellington
Tony Koonwaiyou - Auckland - Northland