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Super Rugby has lost some of it’s biggest names in 2015.

Super Rugby has lost some of it’s biggest names in 2015.

Dec 4, 2015

Although we have read and heard of the Super Rugby players players who have either signed for European clubs or retired from the game completely, the individual nature of each announcement meant that many of us were unable to fully comprehend how much talent has left the southern hemisphere’s elite clubs this year.

While news of Richie McCaw’s retirement was expected, others such as Quade Cooper’s transfer to Toulon was so long and drawn out, that some expected the mercurial outhalf to remain with the Queensland Reds.

Nevertheless both McCaw and Cooper join the likes of Dan Carter and Adam Ashley-Cooper on a list of high profile players who will not compete in Super Rugby next season.

NAME 2015 CLUB 2016 CLUB
Nic White Brumbies Montpellier
Jesse Mogg Brumbies Montpellier
Wilhelm Steenkamp Force Brive
Zack Holmes Force La Rochelle
Nick Cummins Force Coca Cola West Red Sparks
Paul Alo-Emile Rebels Stade Français
Scott Higginbotham Rebels NEC Green Rockets
Telusa Veainu Rebels Leicester Tigers
James Horwill Reds Harlequins
Will Genia Reds Stade Français
Quade Cooper Reds Toulon
James O’Connor Reds Toulon
Lachlan Turner Reds Toulon
Sekope Kepu Waratahs Bordeaux
Brendan McKibbin Waratahs London Irish
Adam Ashley-Cooper Waratahs Bordeaux
Peter Betham Waratahs Leicester Tigers
Taqele Naiyaravoro Waratahs Glasgow Warriors
Tony Woodcock Blues Retired
Keven Mealamu Blues Retired
Luke Braid Blues Bordeaux
Brendon O’Connor Blues Leicester Tigers
Francis Saili Blues Munster
Frank Halai Blues Wasps
Charles Piutau Blues Wasps
Ben Tameifuna Chiefs Racing 92
Ross Filipo Chiefs Racing 92
Liam Messam Chiefs Toshiba Brave Lupus
Hosea Gear Chiefs Clermont
Richie McCaw Crusaders Retired
Dan Carter Crusaders Racing 92
Colin Slade Crusaders Pau
Tom Taylor Crusaders Toulon
Ben Franks Hurricanes London Irish
Jeremy Thrush Hurricanes Gloucester
Ma’a Nonu Hurricanes Toulon
Conrad Smith Hurricanes Pau
Victor Matfield Bulls Northampton Saints
Flip van der Merwe Bulls Clermont
Jacques du Plessis Bulls Montpellier
Montpellier Cheetahs Toulon
Jannie du Plessis Sharks Montpellier
Matt Stevens Sharks Toulon
Bismarck du Plessis Sharks Montpellier
Mouritz Botha Sharks Newcastle Falcons
Willem Alberts Sharks Stade Français
François Steyn Sharks Montpellier
Steven Kitshoff Stormers Bordeaux
Manuel Carizza Stormers Racing 92
Michael Rhodes Stormers Saracens
Duane Vermeulen Stormers Toulon
Jean de Villiers Stormers Leicester Tigers

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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