Top 20 Super Rugby transfers

Top 20 Super Rugby transfers

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Rugby Heaven's list of the top 20 signings across all three SANZAR nations, and what they will bring to their new teams.


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17. Fumiaki Tanaka (Otago to Highlanders) The background: The former Panasonic Wild Knights halfback won his Super contract after impressing with Otago, and made his debut against the Chiefs at the weekend. Probable impact: Likely to be introduced off the bench against tiring sides, Tanaka might crack open a few defences. A nightmare for lazy defenders around the ruck, because he will run at holes.Photo: Getty Images



16. Peter Betham (Sydney Uni to Waratahs) The background: Brings some compelling form into the season following an outstanding spell with Tasman in the ITM Cup. Probable impact: Thunder somewhat stolen by Folau, but the Waratahs? promise to play a counterattacking will suit Betham down to the ground. Photo: Getty Images


15. Clyde Rathbone (returns to Brumbies) The background: Surely one of the stories of this year?s competition. Battled back from injuries and depression to return to where he belongs. Probable impact: The Brumbies might have pulled off a bit of a coup here. Rathbone will add class, solidity and experience to a back line that looked a little green at times last year.Photo: Getty Images


14. Jason Woodward (Wellington to Melbourne Rebels) The background: A strong campaign in last year?s ITM Cup for Wellington quickly had the Rebels dangling a Super contract in front of the New Zealander. Probable impact: Early-season finger injury is a setback: those in the know say he was outstanding in the Rebels? pre-season work. When he returns expect a valuable contribution.Photo: Getty Images


13. Hugh McMeniman (Kubota Spears to Western Force) The background: Resumes injury-curtailed career in Australia after spell in Japan, with the carrot of the Lions tour on the horizon. Probable impact: When fit, McMeniman was that rare thing ? a Wallabies tight-five forward with a bit of edge. If he brings that back the Force they will fancy their chances of tripping up some more fancied teams in Perth. Robbie Deans will be watching.Photo: Getty Images


12. Elton Jantjies (Lions to Stormers) The background: Exceptional promise in the No.10 jersey, but now in an environment to take the next step. Probable impact: The Stormers tried to defend their way to a title last year, and failed. The recruitment of Jantjies and Taute to play alongside the likes of Juan de Jongh and Bryan Habana holds the key to igniting the attack. If they click, watch out.Photo: Getty Images


11. Ben Franks (Crusaders to Hurricanes) The background: The Christchurch side?s rotation policy in the front row came back to bite them, with the older Franks brother off to Wellington for more game time. Probable impact: The Hurricanes must have thought it was Christmas when Franks arrived. Of the areas they needed to strengthen, one was the front row. Should push hard for a final berth.Photo: Getty Images


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