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Investec Super Rugby 2013 squads named

allblacks.com     31 Oct 2012    

Each of the franchises released their squads today after the coaches completed the draft process and finalised their squads yesterday.

New Zealand Rugby Union General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said squads selections this year show a great mix of experienced and new and young talent.

"It's always great to see the guys who play ITM Cup or represent one of our other national teams step up to this competition which we consider to be the best international regional rugby competition in the world.

"Among the 43 players who have not previously been named in a Super Rugby squad, we see nine New Zealand Under 20 players from 2012 selected, and four members from the 2012 Sevens All Blacks squad."

The squads also include 20 of this year's Maori All Blacks side to travel to England next week for a three-match tour.

A further 25 players will be named in franchise wider training squads later this month.

"There is no doubt we have some outstanding talent in our squads for next year with a great mix of new and experienced players.

Outstanding form in this year's ITM Cup has seen many players earn a Super Rugby strip for next year.

ITM Cup Championship winners Counties Manukau have 10 of their players named in Super squads including seven debutants and Premiership winners Canterbury has an impressive 29 of their provincial players offered Super Rugby contracts including seven debutants.

Investec Super Rugby 2013 kicks off on 15 February next year.