Jack Debreczeni is the key name for Australian rugby fans on Wednesday morning as New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides begin to roll out their squads ahead of the 2019 season.
The fly-half, who has also played at fullback, has been with the Melbourne Rebels since 2014, but struggled to get a run throughout the back half of 2018 with Jack Maddocks and Reece Hodge also in the squad.
Let go for the 2019 season after Quade Cooper was also picked up by the Victorian franchise, the 25-year-old will be looking for a fresh start in New Zealand.
A talented youngster, Debreczeni played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2011 and has since also played professionally in Japan and New Zealand. It was his recent stint playing in the Mitre 10 cup across the ditch which is said to have drawn the eye of the Chiefs coaching staff.
He will be in direct competition for a spot with fellow fly-halves Damian McKenzie and Tiaan Falcon at the Chiefs.
The Highlanders have also picked up an Australian in their squad, with former Reds prop Sef Fa’agase included in their squad. He has been in Brisbane since 2015, playing 43 Super Rugby games.
New Zealand Super Rugby squads
Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Jacob Pierce, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jed Brown, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Jimmy Tupou.
Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru., Otere Black, Stephen Perofeta, Harry Plummer, Levi Aumua, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a, Sonny Bill Williams, Caleb Clarke, Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Jordan Trainor.
Kane Hames (Tasman), Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty), Reuben O’Neill (Taranaki), Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau), Atu Moli (Waikato), Sosefo Kautai (Waikato), Angus Ta’avao (Taranaki), Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty), Liam Polwart (Bay of Plenty), Samisoni Taukei’aho (Waikato), Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay), Tyler Ardron (Bay of Plenty), Laghlan McWhannell (Waikato), Michael Allardice (Hawke’s Bay), Fin Hoeata (Taranaki), Mitchell Brown (Taranaki), Taleni Seu (Auckland), Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty), Mitchell Karpik (Bay of Plenty), Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki), Luke Jacobson (Waikato), Pita Gus Sowakula (Taranaki).
Brad Weber (Hawke’s Bay), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Taranaki), Jonathan Taumateine (Counties Manukau), Damian McKenzie (Waikato), Tiaan Falcon (Hawke’s Bay), Jack Debreczeni (Northland), Alex Nankivell (Tasman), Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato), Tumua Manu (Auckland), Bailyn Sullivan (Waikato), Solomon Alaimalo (Tasman), Sean Wainui (Taranaki), Ataata Moeakiola (Japan), Etene Nanai-Seturo (Counties Manukau), Shaun Stevenson (North Harbour), Marty McKenzie (Taranaki).
Michael Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Scott Barrett, Ethan Blackadder, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Billy Harmon, Oliver Jager, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Tom Sanders, Quinten Strange, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Sam Whitelock.
George Bridge, Brett Cameron, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Mitchell Drummond, Ereatara Enari, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, David Havili, Mitchell Hunt, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Richie Mo’unga, Ngane Punivai.
Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Ray Niuia, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Josh Iosefa-Scott*, Ayden Johnstone, Siate Tokolahi, Tyrel Lomax, Sef Fa’agase, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Pari Pari Parkinson, Josh Dickson, Jack Whetton, Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire, James Lentjes, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Shannon Frizell, Elliot Dixon.
Aaron Smith, Kayne Hammington, Folau Fakatava, Bryn Gatland, Josh Ioane, Marty Banks, Rob Thompson, Patelesio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Waisake Naholo, Tevita Li, Tevita Nabura, Josh McKay, Ben Smith.
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Gareth Evans (Hawke’s Bay), Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Sam Henwood (Counties Manukau), Du’Plessis Kirifi (Wellington), Reed Prinsep (Canterbury), Ardie Savea (Wellington), James Blackwell (Wellington), Geoff Cridge (Hawke’s Bay), Sam Lousi (Wellington), Liam Mitchell (Manawatu), Isaia Walker-Leawere (Wellington), Fraser Armstrong (Manawatu), Chris Eves (North Harbour), Alex Fidow (Wellington), Ben May (Hawke’s Bay), Toby Smith (Waikato), Jeff To’omaga-Allen (Wellington), Asafo Aumua (Wellington), Dane Coles (Wellington), Ricky Riccitelli (Taranaki).
Jordie Barrett (Taranaki), Ben Lam (Wellington), Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu), James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi (Auckland), Vince Aso (Auckland), Wes Goosen (Wellington), Ngani Laumape (Manawatu), Billy Proctor (Wellington), Matt Proctor (Wellington), Beauden Barrett (Taranaki), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Wellington), Fletcher Smith (Waikato), Finlay Christie (Tasman), Richard Judd (Bay of Plenty), TJ Perenara (Wellington).