Super Rugby Departed XV

Super Rugby Departed XV

All the Super Rugby sides are back in action this weekend as we build up to the knockout stages of the competition. 

Many players will be playing their final match for their franchise in this weekend or in the coming weeks. We put together a 23-man squad of the best players heading abroad or retiring.

For the purpose of this article, no Cheetahs, Southern Kings, Melbourne Rebels or Western Force players have been considered unless they have confirmed a move to a European or Japanese side.


1. Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks -> Pau)

2.  Hika Elliot (Chiefs -> Oyonnax)

3. Charlie Faumuina (Blues -> Toulouse) 

4. Will Skelton (Waratahs -> Saracens)

5. Dean Mumm (retired)

6. Scott Fardy (Brumbies -> Leinster)

7. Chris Cloete ( Southern Kings -> Munster)


8. Steven Luatua (Blues -> Bristol)

9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs -> La Rochelle)

10. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs -> Montpellier)

11. Rob Horne (Waratahs -> Northampton Saints)

12. Jan Serfontein (Bulls -> Montpellier) 

13. Huw Jones (Stormers -> Glasgow Warriors)


14. James Lowe (Chiefs -> Leinster) 

15. Cheslin Kolbe (Stormers -> Toulouse) 


16. Saia Faingaa (Brumbies -> London Irish)

17. Oliver Kebble (Stormers -> Glasgow Warriors), Loni Uhila (Hurricanes -> Clermont)

18. Schalk van der Merwe (Southern Kings ->  Ulster)

19. Etienne Oosthuizen (Sharks -> Lyon)

20. Callum Gibbins (Hurricanes -> Glasgow Warriors) 

21. Faf de Klerk (Lions -> Sale Sharks), Cobus Reinach (Sharks -> Northampton Saints)

22. Marty Banks (Highlanders -> Benetton Treviso)

23. Piers Francis (Blues -> Northampton Saints), Juan de Jongh (Stormers -> Wasps)


Super Rugby won't only be losing a wealth of experienced Super Rugby & Test players it will also be losing some of the best coaches in the competition. 

Johan Ackermann (Lions -> Gloucester) 

Replaced by Swys de Bruin 

Stephen Larkham (Brumbies -> Australia)

Replaced by Dan McKellar

Dave Rennie (Chiefs -> Glasgow Warriors)

Replaced by Colin Cooper

Tony Brown (Highlanders -> Japan)

Replacement TBC

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