Friday, 8 November 2019

Players from 'Tier 2' nations playing in Southern Hemisphere (2019)

Here is a list of all the players from outside Tier 1 nations who played in one of the pro or semi-pro domestic competitions in the Southern Hemisphere the Mitre10 Cup in New Zealand, Currie Cup in South Africa, or NRC in Australia. The second divisions of these competitions are also indicated, although it should be noted the second division of the Mitre10 Cup, which includes competitive crossover games with the first division, is very different to second division of the Currie Cup whose got trashed all season by Jaguares XV (a similar team who compete in the ARC) and is a long way off the first division.

The list is based on players who either a) have been raised and gone through most of their development outside a Tier 1 nation at least to age 15 or 16 or b) been called up to a national squad outside a Tier 1 nation at some level whether it be age grade, a selection team, or the senior team either at 15 or 7s. Those players who are cap tied have been indicated.

Also listed are players who were predominantly raised in a Tier 2 nation (like Shannon Frizell and Waisake Naholo) but have since gone on to be part of a squad of another nation (they are shaded in red).

We have attempted to represent which country each player mostly grew up and were raised in. Whilst for the majority of players this is obvious (Henry Stowers grew up in New Zealand for example), in others there could either be a mixture of countries, or in a few cases could be simply hard to find out exactly, so there is the possibility of error. In cases of scholarship players who can move as young as 15 or 16, we are listing them as with their initial country that raised them to that point even though they may have spent as much time training in their adopted country by the time they are 22 or 23.

If there is an error or player missing simply leave a comment and it will be corrected.

Africa
 Namibia (5)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Nelius Theron Namibia LH 29/01/97 Leopards Currie Cup (2) South Africa Int'l
Neil Rautenbach South Africa HK 17/05/91 Boland Cavaliers Currie Cup (2) South Africa
Aranos Coetzee South Africa TH 14/03/88 Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup South Africa Int'l
Adriaan Ludick Namibia LK 22/07/98 Boland Cavaliers Currie Cup (2) South Africa Int'l
Divan Rossouw Namibia FB 12/03/96 Blue Bulls Currie Cup South Africa

 Zimbabwe (3)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Connor Pritchard Australia FL 17/09/96 Queensland Country NRC Australia Int'l
Tapiwa Tsomondo Zimbabwe FL 05/05/93 Boland Cavaliers Currie Cup (2) South Africa 7s
Ian Prior Australia SH 21/08/90 Western Force NRC Australia

Americas
 Canada (1)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Jordan Olsen New Zealand HK 27/04/90 Northland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l

 USA (1)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Mikey Sosene-Feagai New Zealand HK 17/04/93 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l

Asia
 Japan (4)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Tim Bond New Zealand LK 25/10/89 Waikato Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Malgene Ilaua New Zealand N8 05/06/93 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Keisuke Uchida Japan SH 22/02/92 Tasman Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Harumichi Tatekawa Japan CT 02/12/89 Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l

Europe
 Netherlands (1)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Stan van den Hoven Netherlands LK Bay of Plenty Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand

 Spain (1)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Matt Foulds England LK 27/04/91 NSW Country Eagles NRC Australia Int'l

Oceania
Cook Islands Cook Islands (1)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Justin Marsters Australia FB 18/11/92 Melbourne Rising NRC Australia Int'l

 Fiji (63)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Immanuel Naciva Fiji LH 22/07/98 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Timoci Sauvoli Fiji LH 26/08/91 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Joeli Veitayaki Fiji LH 14/03/86 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Tevita Ikanivere Fiji HK 06/09/99 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Ratu Navuma Fiji HK 20/11/93 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Maikeli Sivo Fiji HK 06/12/95 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Mosese Ducivaki Fiji TH 28/02/92 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Taniela Koroi New Zealand TH 08/02/90 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Jone Koroiduadua Fiji TH Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Peni Makutu Fiji TH 01/04/89 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Joseva Nasaroa Fiji TH 08/09/99 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Ropate Rinakama New Zealand TH 17/01/88 North Harbour Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Asaeli Sorovaki Fiji TH 28/02/95 Taranaki Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand A
Samuela Tawake Fiji TH 11/09/96 Manawatu Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Temo Mayanavanua Fiji LK 09/11/97 Northland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand A
Api Naikatini Fiji LK 04/04/85 Waikato Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Tevita Naqali Fiji LK Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Peni Naulago Fiji LK 04/12/86 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Nacani Nawaqatabu Fiji LK Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Epeli Radaniva Fiji LK Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Viliame Rarasea Fiji LK 01/04/93 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand A
Saimoni Banuve Fiji FL 07/05/98 Northland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand A
Ulaiasi Lawavou Fiji FL 16/05/85 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji 7s
Maciu Nabolakasi Fiji FL Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Sikeli Nabou Fiji FL 05/03/88 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Rusiate Nasova Fiji FL Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Jone Navori Fiji FL 28/07/92 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Eremasi Radrodro Fiji FL 17/09/87 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Filimoni Seru Fiji FL 23/11/91 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Pita Gus Sowakula Fiji FL 28/02/95 Taranaki Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Joseva Tamani Fiji FL Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Johnny Dyer Fiji N8 06/02/92 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Seru Uru Fiji N8 03/01/97 Brisbane City NRC Australia
Joseva Kuricuva Fiji SH Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Peni Matawalu Fiji SH 07/08/97 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Delai Moto Fiji SH Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Serupepeli Vularika Fiji SH 29/04/90 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji Int'l
Enele Malele Fiji FH 26/09/90 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Caleb Muntz New Zealand FH 30/10/99 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Peceli Nacebe Fiji FH 27/09/95 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
William Lewesi Fiji CT Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Cyril Reece Fiji CT 01/08/92 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Meli Rokoua Fiji CT 24/07/94 EP Elephants Currie Cup (2) South Africa
Teti Tela Australia CT 07/03/91 Brisbane City NRC Australia
Asaeli Tikoirotuma Fiji CT 24/06/86 North Harbour Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Ifereimi Tovilevu Fiji CT 21/08/89 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Poasa Waqanibau Fiji CT 28/05/94 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Filipo Daugunu Fiji WG 04/03/95 Queensland Country NRC Australia
Levani Kurumuda Fiji WG Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Lolohea Loco Fiji WG 14/04/89 Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Tailiki Nadredre Fiji WG Sydney NRC Australia
Kini Naholo Fiji WG 16/04/99 Taranaki Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Waisake Naholo Fiji WG 08/05/91 Taranaki Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l
Sefa Naivalu Fiji WG 07/01/92 Brisbane City NRC Australia Int'l
Emoni Narawa Fiji WG Bay of Plenty Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Nacanieli Narequva Fiji WG Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Patrick Osborne Fiji WG 14/06/87 Canterbury Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Osea Qamasea Fiji WG North Harbour Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Kitione Ratu Fiji WG 13/12/94 Western Force NRC Australia A
Joe Ravouvou Fiji WG 21/03/91 Bay of Plenty Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand 7s
Aporosa Tabulawaki Fiji WG 19/01/88 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Newton Tudreu Fiji WG 30/03/93 Waikato Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Nailati Ukalele Fiji WG Melbourne Rising NRC Australia
Jiuta Wainiqolo Fiji WG 10/03/99 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji
Samisoni Viriviri Fiji FB 25/04/88 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji 7s
Osea Waqa Fiji FB 22/04/00 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A
Apisalome Waqatabu Fiji FB 21/09/84 Fijian Drua NRC Fiji A

Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (2)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
John Kent Australia WG Queensland Country NRC Australia Int'l
George Morseu Australia WG 29/06/91 Canberra Vikings NRC Australia 7s

Samoa Samoa (30)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
Jarred Adams New Zealand LH 26/09/95 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Jonah Aiona Samoa LH Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Howard Sililoto New Zealand LH 19/04/90 Southland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand A
Bronson Fotualii Australia HK 08/01/96 Queensland Country NRC Australia Int'l
TP Luteru New Zealand HK 18/02/96 Canberra Vikings NRC Australia
Sebastian Siataga New Zealand HK 27/01/93 Canterbury Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Michael Ala'alatoa Australia TH 28/08/91 Canterbury Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Donald Brighouse New Zealand TH 29/03/93 Taranaki Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l
Marco Fepulea'i New Zealand TH 25/04/95 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Hisa Sasagi New Zealand TH 29/06/87 Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l
Ben Nee Nee New Zealand LK 12/05/93 North Harbour Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Henry Stowers New Zealand FL 03/03/95 Western Force NRC Australia Int'l
Galu Taufale New Zealand FL 17/03/87 Wellington Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Savelio Ropati New Zealand N8 05/01/93 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand 7s
Sione Tuipulotu New Zealand N8 12/02/97 Manawatu Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Danny Tusitala New Zealand SH 18/10/91 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Rodney Iona Australia FH 17/08/91 Melbourne Rising NRC Australia Int'l
D'Angelo Leuila New Zealand FH 18/01/97 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Rohan Saifoloi Australia FH 20/11/91 Queensland Country NRC Australia
Stacey Ili New Zealand CT 11/05/91 Hawke's Bay Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand Int'l
Tumua Manu Samoa CT 18/04/93 Auckland Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Hunter Paisami New Zealand CT 10/04/98 Brisbane City NRC Australia
Pepesana Patafilo New Zealand CT 29/05/96 Wellington Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
James So'oialo New Zealand CT 02/03/89 Melbourne Rising NRC Australia Int'l
Chase Tiatia New Zealand CT 14/10/95 Bay of Plenty Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Timo Vaiusu New Zealand CT Hawke's Bay Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Losi Filipo New Zealand WG 29/12/97 Wellington Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Neria Fomai New Zealand WG 03/02/92 Hawke's Bay Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand 7s
Pisi Leilua New Zealand WG 12/05/95 Northland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Trent Winterstein Australia WG 26/07/95 Sydney NRC Australia

Tonga Tonga (16)
Name Trained Pos. DOB Club League Based Cap
David Feao Australia LH 06/10/90 Brisbane City NRC Australia Int'l
Jethro Felemi New Zealand LH Queensland Country NRC Australia Int'l
Maile Ngauamo Australia HK 15/08/93 Brisbane City NRC Australia
Samisoni Taukei'aho Tonga HK 08/08/97 Waikato Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Saula Ma'u Tonga TH Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Siate Tokolahi Tonga TH 16/03/92 Canterbury Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Pasi Uluilakepa Tonga TH 18/01/99 Wellington Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Vaea Fifita Tonga LK 17/06/92 Wellington Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Shannon Frizell Tonga LK 11/02/94 Tasman Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Bill Fukofuka Tonga N8 22/04/95 Southland Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Lotu Inisi New Zealand N8 26/04/99 North Harbour Mitre10 Cup New Zealand 7s
Mikaele Mafi Tonga N8 29/05/87 Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Folau Fakatava Tonga SH 16/12/99 Hawke's Bay Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand
Siaosi Nginingini Tonga SH 17/10/98 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Fine Inisi New Zealand CT 19/05/98 North Harbour Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand 7s
Fetuli Paea Tonga CT 16/08/94 Tasman Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Rodney Tongotea New Zealand CT 18/02/99 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand
Kali Hala New Zealand WG 06/03/91 Counties Manukau Mitre10 Cup New Zealand Int'l
Sala Halaleva New Zealand WG 08/07/94 Otago Mitre10 Cup (2) New Zealand 7s