A total of 14 PIC Steelers have been given contracts for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition with players spread between the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and newcomers Moana Pasifika and Fiji Drua.
The Blues welcome back All Black representatives Nepo Laulala, Dalton Papalii and Hoskins Sotutu as well as midfielder Tanielu Tele’a.
Olympic Sevens star Etene Nanai-Seturo returns to the Chiefs while halfback Cameron Roigard is back for another season with the Hurricanes.
The new Moana Pasifika franchise, who will play home games at Mt Smart Stadium, will boast five PIC Steelers forwards (Sekope Kepu, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Alex McRobbie, Alamanda Motuga and Sam Slade) as well as halfback Jonathan Taumateine, who makes the move from the Hurricanes in 2022.
Fellow newcomers Fiji Drua will have hooker Zuriel Togiatama and veteran lock Viliame Rarasea representing them in their inaugural season.
The new season begins in February.
PIC Steelers playing Super Rugby
Blues: Nepo Laulala, Dalton Papalii, Hoskins Sotutu, Tanielu Tele’a
Chiefs: Etene Nanai-Seturo
Hurricanes: Cameron Roigard
Moana Pasifika: Sekope Kepu, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Alex McRobbie, Alamanda Motuga, Sam Slade, Jonathan Taumateine
Fiji Drua: Viliame Rarasea, Zuriel Togiatama
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