Blues coaches 'blown away' by RTS transition

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Blues manager Leon MacDonald believes marquee signing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck could marque a Super Rugby interaction arsenic soon arsenic circular 1 adjacent twelvemonth contempt his codification power being slowed by COVID-19.

The NRL superstar was released aboriginal from his Warriors declaration truthful helium could trial the rugby waters with Auckland successful New Zealand's NPC.

But portion pandemic lockdowns prevented Tuivasa-Sheck from really taking the field, MacDonald said his advancement connected the grooming tract gave him large confidence.

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. (Getty)

"I expect him to beryllium acceptable to go," MacDonald said aft each 12 Super Rugby squads were officially unveiled.

"In his caput he's decidedly acceptable to spell successful circular one. It's astir trying to propulsion him backmost alternatively of propulsion him forward. He's beauteous determined and excited.

"If you talk to immoderate of the players and coaches, we're blown distant by however rapidly helium has taken to the game. It's similar helium ne'er near it. His item and mentation is truly awesome and his skillset is close up there. We thought it mightiness instrumentality him a portion with the antithetic accomplishment sets, but he's been moving truly hard astatine that.

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Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. (Getty)

"Like everyone he'll beryllium trying to enactment his manus up and propulsion for that crippled 1 starting spot."

MacDonald added that the league fullback was being viewed arsenic an wrong centre astatine the Blues.

"The large representation program was to commencement him successful the outsides with Auckland and advancement him into midfield for america - we've missed that done COVID. But the extracurricular backs was casual for him, and didn't instrumentality him agelong to adjust. We consciousness he's ticked that box. He did afloat interaction with Auckland and looked large connected the wing."

"So we've said let's constrictive his absorption present and ore connected midfield for the adjacent while, knowing if helium does go an extracurricular backmost for immoderate crushed that modulation is halfway done for him."

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Michael Hooper of the Waratahs talks to his teammates during a 2020 match. (Getty)

Meanwhile, Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper headlines the large sanction additions among the Australian squads aft being confirmed successful the Waratahs for 2022.

Jesse Mogg and Cam Clark (Brumbies), Tom Lynagh (Reds), Izack Rodda (Force) and Matt Philip (Rebels) are different notable signings successful Australia.

Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika volition articulation the caller 12 squad contention adjacent year.

Cam Clark successful enactment astatine the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Getty)

SUPER RUGBY PACIFIC 2022 SQUADS

- AUSTRALIA -

BRUMBIES

Props: Allan Alaalatoa, Fred Kaihea, Sefo Kautai, Tom Ross, James Slipper, Scott Sio

Hookers: Folau Fainga'a, Lachlan Lonergan, Connal McInerney, Billy Pollard

Locks: Nick Frost, Tom Hooper, Cadeyrn Neville, Darcy Swain

Back row: Jahrome Brown, Ed Kennedy, Luke Reimer, Pete Samu, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini

Halfbacks: Lachie Albert, Ryan Lonergan, Nic White

Fly halves: Rodney Iona, Noah Lolesio

Centres: Hudson Creighton, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Len Ikitau, Irae Simone, Ollie Sapsford

Outside backs: Tom Banks, Cam Clark, Jesse Mogg, Andy Muirhead, Tom Wright

In: Sefo Kautai, Fred Kaihea, Ed Kennedy, Rod Iona, Hudson Creighton, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Ollie Sapsford, Cam Clark, Jesse Mogg

Out: Bayley Kuenzle, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Reesjan Pasitoa, Reece Tapine, James Tucker, Harry Lloyd, Mack Hansen, Archer Holz, Solomone Kata

Matt Philip of the Rebels scoring a effort astatine AAMI Park successful Melbourne. (Getty)

REBELS

Props: Cabous Eloff, Vaauli Faamausili, Matt Gibbon, Cameron Orr, Rhys van Nek

Hookers: James Hanson, Efi Maafu, Jordan Uelese

Locks: Ross Haylett-Petty, Trevor Hosea, Tom Nowlan, Matt Philip

Back row: Richard Hardwick, Tamati Ioane, Josh Kemeny, Rob Leota, Michael Wells, Brad Wilkin

Halfbacks: Joe Powell, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle

Fly halves: Carter Gordon

Centres: Stacey Ili, Ray Nu'u, Young Tonumaipea, Matt To'omua, Jeral Skelton

Outside backs: Lachlan Anderson, Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway, Joe Pincus, Ilikena Vudogo

In: Tamati Ioane, Joe Pincus, Moses Sorovi, Efi Maafu, Matt Philip

Out: Lucio Sordoni, Ignacio Calas, Steve Cummins, Lewis Holland, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus, Dane Haylett-Petty, Isi Naisarani, Marika Koroibete

Ned Hanigan of the Waratahs is tackled astatine Allianz Stadium. (Getty)

WARATAHS

Props: Angus Bell, Tiaan Taukipulu, Te Tera Faulkner, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ruan Smith, Archer Holz

Hookers: David Porecki, Tom Horton

Locks: Max Douglas, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Hugh Bokenham, Jeremy Williams

Back row: Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Lachie Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Michael Hooper, Will Harris, Hugh Sinclair, Charlie Gamble, Langi Gleeson

Halfbacks: Jack Grant, Jake Gordon, Henry Robertson

Fly halves: Will Harrison, Tane Edmed, Ben Donaldson

Centres: Joey Walton, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Mosese Tuipulotu

Outside backs: Mark Nawaqanitawase, Alex Newsome, James Ramm, Triston Reilly, Tevita Funa, Dylan Pietsch

In: Ruan Smith, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Tevita Funa, Dylan Pietsch, Archer Holz, Hugh Bokenham

Out: Robbie Abel, Chris Talakai, Jack Whetton, Sam Caird, Sam Wykes,Jack Dempsey, Tepai Moeroa, Jack Maddocks, Joe Cotton, Chris Tatola

Michael and Tom Lynagh astatine Ballymore. (Queensland Rugby Union)

REDS

Props: George Blake, Feao Fotuaika, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Taniela Tupou, Dane Zander

Hookers: Richie Asiata, Alex Mafi, Josh Nasser

Locks: Angus Blyth, Lopeti Faifua, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Ryan Smith, Tuaina Taii Tualima,

Back row: Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Seru Uru, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright

Halfbacks: Spencer Jeans, Tate McDermott, Kalani Thomas

Fly halves: Lawson Creighton, Tom Lynagh, James O'Connor

Centres: Josh Flook, Isaac Henry, Hunter Paisami, Hamish Stewart

Outside backs: Jock Campbell, Filipo Daugunu, Ilaisa Droasese, Mac Grealy, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu

In: Spencer Jeans, Tom Lynagh, Lopeti Faifua, George Blake

Out: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Bryce Hegarty, Moses Sorovi

Manasa Mataele scores a effort for the Crusaders against the Force successful 2018. (Getty)

FORCE

Props: Bo Abra, Greg Holmes, Harry Lloyd, Santiago Medrano, Tom Robertson, Angus Wagner

Hookers: Feleti Kaitu'u, Andrew Ready, Jack Winchester

Locks: Ryan McCauley, Fergus Lee-Warner, Jackson Pugh, Izack Rodda, Sitaleki Timani, Jeremy Thrush

Back row: Tim Anstee, Ollie Callan, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander

Halfbacks: Isaac Fines-Leleiwasa, Michael McDonald, Ian Prior

Fly halves: Jake McIntrye, Reejan Pasitoa

Centres: Kyle Godwin, Richard Kahui, Bayley Kuenzle, Grason Makara

Outside backs: Daniel Ala, Brad Lacey, Manasa Mataele, Jack McGregor, Toni Pulu, Byron Ralston, Jake Strachan, Reece Tapine

In: Daniel Ala, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Bayley Kuenzle, Harry Lloyd, Manasa Mataele, Reesjan Pasitoa, Reece Tapine

Out: Marcel Brache, Tomas Cubelli, Rob Kearney, Tevita Kuridrani, Jono Lance, Tomas Lezana, Kieran Longbottom, Domingo Miotti, Jordan Olowofela, Jonah Placid and Henry Taefu

FIJIAN DRUA

Props: Haereiti Hetet, Jone Koroiduadua, Meli Tuni, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Manasa Saulo, Samuela Tawake

Hookers: Mesu Dolokoto, Tevita Ikanivere, Zuriel Togiatama

Locks: Chris Minimbi, Ratu Rotuisolia, Sorovakatini Tuifagalele, Viliame Rarasea

Back row: Joseva Tamani, Kitione Salawa, Meli Derenalagi, Nemani Nagusa, Raikabula Momoedonu, Rusiate Nasove, Vilive Miramira, Isoa Nasilasila, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta

Halfbacks: Leone Nawai, Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli

Fly halves: Teti Tela

Centres: Apisalome Vota, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Kalione Nasoko, Seru Vularika

Outside backs: Onisi Ratave, Vinaya Habosi, Kitione Taliga, Napolioni Bolaca, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand scores the opening try. (Getty)

- NEW ZEALAND -

BLUES

Hookers: Kurt Eklund, Soane Vikena, Ricky Riccitelli

Props: Alex Hodgman, Jordan Lay, Ofa Tuungafasi, Marcel Renata, Nepo Laulala, Karl Tu'inukuafe

Locks: James Tucker, Josh Goodhue, Sam Darry, Luke Romano.

Loose forwards: Taine Plumtree, Tom Robinson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Anton Segner, Hoskins Sotutu, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat

Halfbacks: Finlay Christie, Sam Nock, Taufa Funaki

First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta

Midfielders: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Tanielu Tele'a, Rieko Ioane, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua

Outside backs: Mark Telea, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, AJ Lam, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Zarn Sullivan

Unavailable owed to injury: James Lay

In: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Beauden Barrett, Jordan Lay, Ricky Riccitelli, Luke Romano, James Tucker, Taufa Funaki, Corey Evans, Tamati Tua, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat, Anton Segner

Out: Blake Gibson, Emoni Narawa, Otere Black, TJ Faiane, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jacob Pierce, Ray Nuia, Luteru Tolai, Jonathan Ruru, Dillon Hunt

Sam Cane of the Chiefs leads the squad onto the tract astatine the ANZ National Stadium successful Suva. (Getty)

CHIEFS

Hookers: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Bradley Slater, Tyrone Thompson

Props: Aidan Ross, Atunaisa Moli, Angus Ta'avao, Ollie Norris, Sione Mafileo, Reuben O'Neill

Locks: Tupou Vaa'i, Brodie Retallick, Laghlan McWhannell, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Josh Lord

Loose forwards: Mitchell Brown, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Simon Parker, Pita Gus Sowakula, Kaylum Boshier, Samipeni Finau

Halfbacks: Brad Weber, Xavier Roe, Cortez Ratima

First five-eighths: Bryn Gatland, Kaleb Trask, Josh Ioane

Midfielders: Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi, Gideon Wrampling

Outside backs: Jonah Lowe, Emoni Narawa, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Chase Tiatia, Shaun Stevenson, Rivez Reihana

In: Josh Ioane, Brodie Retallick, Emoni Narawa, Tyrone Thompson, Samipeni Finau, Cortez Ratima, Gideon Wrampling

Out: Damian McKenzie, Lachlan Boshier, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kini Naholo, Bailyn Sullivan, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Viliame Taulani, Nathan Harris

Jordie Barrett of the Hurricanes dives to people a effort astatine McLean Park. (Getty)

HURRICANES

Hookers: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, James O'Reilly

Props: Tevita Mafileo, Alex Fidow, Xavier Numia, Tyrel Lomax, Pasilio Tosi, Pouri Rakete-Stones

Locks: James Blackwell, Dom Bird, Scott Scrafton, Justin Sangster

Loose forwards: Brayden Iose, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea, Tyler Laubscher, Devan Flanders, Caleb Delany, TK Howden

Halfbacks: Jamie Booth, TJ Perenara, Cam Roigard

First five-eighths: Aidan Morgan, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Ruben Love

Midfielders: Teihorangi Walden, Billy Proctor, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan

Outside backs: Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Pepesana Patafilo, Salesi Rayasi, Wes Goosen, Josh Moorby

Unavailable owed to injury: Owen Franks, Isaia Walker-Leawere

In: Dom Bird, Blake Gibson, Teihorangi Walden, Bailyn Sullivan, Pasilio Tosi, Justin Sangster, Tyler Laubscher, Aidan Morgan, Cam Roigard, Josh Moorby, Caleb Delaney, TK Howden, Owen Franks

Out: Ngani Laumape, Vince Aso, Vaea Fifita, Ricky Riccitelli, Gareth Evans, Simon Hickey, Lolagi Visinia, Jonathan Taumateine, Orbyn Leger, Danny Toala, Luke Campbell, Liam Mitchell, Kane Leaupepe, Fraser Armstrong

Pablo Matera of the Jaguares successful enactment against the Crusaders. (Getty)

CRUSADERS

Hookers: Codie Taylor, Brodie McAlister, Shilo Klein

Props: Joe Moody, Oli Jager, Fletcher Newell, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Finlay Brewis

Locks: Scott Barrett, Quentin Strange, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Zach Gallagher

Loose forwards: Tom Christie, Ethan Blackadder, Sione Havili, Cullen Grace, Pablo Matera, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow

Halfbacks: Mitch Drummond, Bryn Hall, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi

First five-eighths: Richie Mo'unga, Simon Hickey, Fergus Burke

Midfielders: Jack Goodhue, David Havili Talitui, Braydon Ennor, Isaiah Punivai, Dallas McLeod

Outside backs: Chay Fihaki, George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Kini Naholo

In: Pablo Matera, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Kini Naholo, Simon Hickey, Dominic Gardiner, Finlay Brewis, Zach Gallagher, Shilo Klein, Corey Kellow

Out: Isileli Tuungafasi, Andrew Makalio, Michael Alaalatoa, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Tom Sanders, Ereatara Enari, Brett Cameron, Manasa Mataele, Luke Romano, Josh McKay

Aaron Smith of the Highlanders makes a enactment interruption astatine GIO Stadium. (Getty)

HIGHLANDERS

Hookers: Liam Coltman, Rhys Marshall, Andrew Makalio

Props: Ayden Johnstone, Jeff Thwaites, Ethan de Groot, Jermaine Ainsley, Josh Hohneck, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Ma'u

Locks: Maanaki Selby-Rickit, Josh Dickson, Bryn Evans, Max Hicks, Sam Caird

Loose forwards: James Lentjes, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Shannon Frizell, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Gareth Evans, Sean Withy

Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Folau Fakatava, Kayne Hammington

First five-eighths: Marty Banks, Mitchell Hunt

Midfielders: Fetuli Paea, Patelesio Tomkinson, Solomon Alaimalo, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ngatungane Punivai, Scott Gregory

Outside backs: Connor Garden-Bachop, Mosese Dawai, Vilimoni Koroi, Sam Gilbert, Josh Timu

Unavailable owed to injury: Jona Nareki, Pari Pari Parkinson

In: Gareth Evans, Andrew Makalio, Marty Banks, Mosese Dawai, Rhys Marshall, Josh Timu, Sean Withy, Saula Ma'u, Max Hicks, Sam Caird

Out: Josh Ioane, Ash Dixon, Siate Tokolahi, Kazuki Himeno, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Michael Collins, Tim O'Malley, Jack Regan, Liam Squire

Sekope Kepu astatine Kings Park successful 2011. (Getty)

MOANA PASIFIKA

Hookers: Ray Niuia, Sam Moli, Luteru Tolai

Props: Sekope Kepu, Isileli Tuungafasi, Joe Apikatoa, Tau Koloamatangi, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Chris Apoua

Locks: Don Lolo, Mike McKee, Veikoso Poliniati, Alex McRobbie

Loose Forwards: Henry Stowers, Jack Lam, Sione Tuipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Penitoa Finau, Lotu Inisi, Sam Slade, Alamanda Motuga

Halfbacks: Ereatara Enari, Jonathan Taumateine, Manu Paea

First five-eighths: Christian Lealifano, Lincoln McClutchie, William Havili

Midfielders: Levi Aumua, Danny Toala, Henry Taefu, Fine Inisi

Outside backs: Lolagi Visinia, Neria Fomai, Tomasi Alosio, Solomone Kata, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tima Fainga'anuku, Anzelo Tuituvuki

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