A Northern Hemisphere Bound Super Rugby XV

European clubs are raiding the southern hemisphere for some of the game’s biggest names.

With the Super Rugby season after coming to a conclusion, some of the southern hemisphere’s best players are already making their way north to join European clubs.

Although this annual migration is nothing new, the age profile of the players leaving Super Rugby is clearly a worry for the SANZAAR unions. With a weak currency and politicians imposing quotas on the Springboks, the South Africans seem the be the hardest hit.

Indeed, with the likes of Johan Goosen, Duane Vermeulen and Francois Steyn already playing in Europe, the Springboks will struggle to retain their best players in the years to come.

Despite managing to attract players such as Sekope Kepu back to Australia, the Wallabies will lose Kurtley Beale and Matt Toomua this summer, creating a long term selection dilemma at inside centre.

Nevertheless, there is little the SANZAAR sides can do at present to stem the player drain. As a result, sides such as this can be put together to emphasise the problems facing Super Rugby.

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[tie_slide]1. Greg Holmes (Queensland Reds To Exeter Chiefs)

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After spending 11 years with the Queensland Reds, Greg Holmes will join the Exeter Chiefs.

Although Holmes may not have been a regular with the Wallabies, props who can play on both sides of the scrum are a rare commodity in the modern game.

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[tie_slide]2. Motu Matu’u (Hurricanes to Gloucester)

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After a successful season with the Hurricanes, 29 year old Samoan hooker, Motu Matu’u, will join Gloucester in the coming weeks.

Despite being a front row forward, Matu’u is a devestating ball carrier and a tough tackling Pacific Islander.

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[tie_slide]3. Vincent Koch (Stormers to Saracens)

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Vincent Koch enjoyed a massive season with the Stormers, and despite the amount of depth available to the Springboks at tighthead, he represents a loss to South African rugby.

Not only is Koch a storng scrummager, but a brillaint ball carrier. He will only add to Saracens power next season.

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[tie_slide]4. Franco Mostert (Lions to Lyon)

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Although Franco Moster may not be a household name in the northern hemisphere, he is highly thought of in South Africa.

So much so that that the SARU had been attempting to buy out his contract with Lyon. However the Top 14 club were not willing to entertain the idea, and Mostert will join up with his new side in November.

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[tie_slide]5. Jean Kleyn (Stormers to Munster)

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After Munster appointed Rassie Erasmus as their new Director of Rugby, it was almost expected that he would sign at least one South African.

However as Kleyn is only 22 years of age, the Springboks might be a little worried that he might follow in the footsteps of CJ Stander.

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[tie_slide]6. Marcell Coetzee (Sharks to Ulster)

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Arguably the most talented player to leave South Africa this summer, 25 year old Coetzee’s best years are ahead of him.

So great are his talents, the SARU might make a special dispensation and select the flanker once he recovers from injury.

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[tie_slide]7. Liam Gill (Queensland Reds to Toulon)

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It says a lot about the depth available to Australia at open side that the Wallabies don’t have to worry too much about Liam Gill moving to Toulon.

Nevertheless, considering he is only 24 years of age, Australia will be hoping to entice him back in the future.

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[tie_slide]8. Victor Vito (Hurricanes to La Rochelle)

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After nine years at the Hurricanes, Victor Vito took the decision to leave New Zealand and join ambitious Top 14 club, La Rochelle.

Although Vito may not have been a regualr starter for the All Blacks, he won two World Cups with New Zealand.

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[tie_slide]9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Hurricanes to Leinster)

When it became known that Isaac Boss would leave Leinster at the end of the last season, fans of the Irish province expected to see a new scrum half arrive.

Therefore it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when Leinster turned to Jamison Gibson-Park, a project player who will become eligable for Ireland in three years time.

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[tie_slide]10. Marnitz Boshoff (Lions To Connacht)

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Despite an impressive start to his professional career, Marnitz Boshoff failed to build on the form he demonstrated during his breakthrough season in 2014.

Nevertheless, the one time capped Springbok international will be looking to return to his best under Pat Lam.

 

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[tie_slide]11. Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders to Montpellier)

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If there was ever a winger built for the physicality of the Top 14 it is Nemani Nadolo.

The 125kg Fijian is built like a tighthead but possess lethal pace. Attributes that will see Nadolo become a big hit in France.

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[tie_slide]12. Matt Toomua (Brumbies to Leicester Tigers)

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After Australia struggled for creativity during their three match test series with England, it became evident just how valuable Matt Toomua’s distribution skills are to the Wallabies.

Losing him to the Leicester Tigers ranks as a significant blow, but won’t worry fans of the Premiership side, who can’t wait to see Toomua link up with Manu Tuilagi in midfield next season.

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[tie_slide]13. Kurtley Beale (Waratahs to Waps)

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Kurley Beale will become one of the highest paid players in the world when he joins Wasps.

However, despite the excitment surrounding his arrival in Coventry, we will not get to see the gifted utility back until he recovers from injury.

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[tie_slide]14. Joe Tomane (Brumbies to Montpellier)

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Although Joe Tomane may not have been a regular for the Wallabies, the fact that he is the third Australian back to feature on this team should worry ARU officials.

He will no doubt add to the top class side being assembled by Montpellier.

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[tie_slide]15. Willie le Roux (Sharks to Wasps)

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Although Willie le Roux might not be playing his best rugby at present, his loss will be felt by South African rugby.

When the full back is on form, few players can identify and attack space in the same manner. Indeed, as Le Roux will be surrounded with some of the game’s top flair players at Wasps, he could yet return to his best.

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