The Super Rugby Pacific teams have revealed their playing rosters for the 2023 season as the second season approaches.
Here are all the significant off-season moves for each squad.
In 2023, the Reds' main focus will be stability.
The Queensland team, which announced just three acquisitions outside its 2022 line-up, was the latest Australian club to announce its playing roster.
Luke Jones, a former Wallaby who now plays for Racing 92, as well as Connor Anderson and Phransis Sula-Siaosi from Brisbane clubs Wests and Souths, are among those going back to Australia.
With more than 90% of the squad having advanced to Super Rugby through Queensland's different divisions, this is a team that bleeds maroon.
With 1067 total caps, it's the most experience the team has ever had.
The team includes 10 players who played for Australia A in 2022 and 12 Wallabies with international experience.
Phransis Sula-Siaosi, Sef Fa'agase, Dane Zander, Taniela Tupou, Zane Nonggorr, Harry Hoopert, Floyd Aubrey, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jordan Petaia, Mac Grealy, Filipo Daugunu, Jock Campbell, Hunter Paisami, Isaac Henry, Josh Flook, James O'Connor, Tom Lynagh, Lawson Creighton, Kalani Thomas, Fraser McReight, Zane Nonggorr, Sef Fa'agase, Harry Hoopert, Taniela Tupou, Dane Zander, Phransis Sula-Siaosi, Richie Asiata, Josh Nasser, Matt Faessler, George Blake, Angus Blyth, Lopeti Faifua, Ryan Smith, Luke Jones, Wilson Blyth, Connor Vest, Seru Uru, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Connor Anderson, Keynan Tauakipulu, Spencer Jeans, Tate McDermott,
In: Luke Jones, Connor Anderson, Phransis Sula-Siaosi,
Out: Feao Fotuaika, Hamish Stewart, Alex Mafi, Hamish Stewart, Ilaisa Droasese, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Albert Anae.
Is Australia's best chance at a 2023 Super Rugby Pacific title with the Waratahs? In 2022, the NSW Waratahs reached the quarterfinals, but the Chiefs beat them by a score of 39–15.
The Sydney-based team hasn't won the title since the 2014 season, which is the latest of any Australian team.
Kurtley Beale, Harrison Goddard, Max Jorgensen, Lachie Swinton, Will Harrison, Michael Hooper, Tolu Latu, Angus Bell, Ned Hanigan, Ben Dowling, Izaia Perese, Harry Wilson, Lalakai Foketi, Jake Gordon, Tiaan Taukipulu, Dylan Pietsch, Ben Donaldson, Archer Holz, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Joey Walton, Tom Lambert, Nemani Nadolo, Will Harris, Langi Gleeson, Charlie Gamble, Te Tera Faulkner, Jack Bowen, Taleni Seu, David Porecki, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Mosese Tuipulotu, Jed Holloway, Hugh Sinclair, Tane Edmed, Mahe Vailanu, Teddy Wilson, Zane Marolt, Zac Von Appen.
In: Nemani Nadolo, Max Jorgensen, Harrison Goddard, Taleni Seu, Tolu Latu, Zane Marolt, Kurtley Beale, Zac Von Appen, Tom Lambert.
Out: Carlo Tizzano, Hugh Bokenham, Alex Newsome, Triston Reilly, Jamie Roberts, Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, Ruan Smith, Tom Horton, Jeremy Williams, Tevita Funa, James Ramm, Henry Robertson, Jack Grant, Geoff Cridge, Max Douglas.
The Force has made significant roster adjustments for 2023 to get some success.
Folau Fainga'a (ex-Brumbies), Izack Rodda, Tom Robertson, and Feleti Kaitu'u are the four capped Wallabies in the squad.
Santiago Medrano, a star from Argentina, rejoins the Force for a third campaign.
Jeremy Williams, Felix Kalapu, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Ned Slack-Smith, Reece Tapine, George Poolman, Ian Prior, Santiago Medrano, Henry Robertson, Manasa Mataele, Bayley Kuenzle, Folau Fainga'a, Bryce Hegarty, Bo Abra, Reesjan Pasitoa, Grason Makara, Will Sankey, Ollie Cummins, Tim Anstee, Jackson Pugh, Feleti Kaitu'u, Hamish Stewart, Ollie Callan, Jake Strachan, Jack WinchesterIzack Rodda, Chase Tiatia, Michael Wells, Rupeni Mataele, Tom Robertson, Kane Koteka, Ryan McCauley, Daniel Ala, Andrew Romano, Charlie Hancock, Toni Pulu, Siosifa Amone.
In: Michael Wells, Ned Slack-Smith, Andrew Romano, Felix Kalapu, Charlie Hancock, Oliver Cummins, Folau Fainga'a, Siosifa Amone, Chase Tiatia, Henry Robertson, Bryce Hegarty, Wilton Rebolo, Rupeni Mataele, Jeremy Williams, Sam Spink, Hamish Stewart, George Poolman.
Out: Jeremy Thrush, Andrew Ready, Greg Holmes, Byron Ralston, Alex Masibaka, Harry Lloyd, Michael McDonald, Fergus Lee-Warner, Jack McGregor, Brynard Stander, Brad Lacey, Jake McIntyre, Richard Kahui, Kyle Godwin.
The Brumbies were the only Australian team to advance to the semifinals in 2022.
The Blues defeated the Brumbies by one point in a thrilling match, but the Brumbies could still be proud of themselves.
Some big names are leaving the Wallabies, like Tom Banks, who is going to play for Japan's Mie Honda Heat, Folau Fainga'a, who is going to play for the Force, and Scott Sio, who is going to play for the Exeter Chiefs.
Tom Wright, Corey Toole, Ben O'Donnell, Andy Muirhead, Declan Meredith, Jack Debreczeni, Jesse Mogg, Noah Lolesio, Tamati Tua, Nick Frost, Allan Alaalatoa, Hudson Creighton, Tom Hooper, Ryan Lonergan, Tom Ross, Fred Kaihea, Nathan Carroll, Charlie Cale, Ollie Sapsford, Billy Pollard, Luke Reimer, Harry Vella, Connal McInerney, Sefo Kautai, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, James Slipper, Ed Kennedy, Len Ikitau, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Nic White, Lachlan Lonergan, Klayton Thorn, Jahrome Brown, Rob Valetini, Rory Scott,
In: Nathan Carroll, Jack Debreczeni, Stephen Larkham, Klayton Thorn, Harry Vella, Declan Meredith, Ben O'Donnell, Charlie Cale, Corey Toole, Tamati Tua,
Out: Tom Banks, Cam Clark, Scott Sio, Irae Simone, Folau Fainga'a, Rodney Iona, Lachie Albert,
The Rebels have aimed to fill their 2023 roster with proven international players.
Along with Reece Hodge, Matt Philip, Matt Gibbon, Rob Leota, Pone Fa'amausili, Richard Hardwick, and Stacey Ili, Andrew Kellaway is back on the team.
Former Benetton star and Australian-born Italy international Monty Ioane is joining the Rebels.
Monty Ioane, Lachie Anderson, Glen Vaihu, Ilikena Vudogo, Joe Pincus, Stacey Ili, Matt Gibbon, Andrew Kellaway, Moses Sorovi, Ray Nu'u, Tuiana Taii Tualima, Reece Hodge, Tamati Ioane, Alex Mafi, Jaiden Christian, Brad Wilkin, Pone Fa'amausili, Carter Gordon, Matt Philip, Zac Hough, Jordan Uelese, Richard Hardwick, Richard Hardwick, Sam Talakai, Rob Leota, Anaru Rangi, Nick Jooste, James Tuttle, Theo Fourie, Lukas Ripley, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Josh Canham, Cabous Eloff, Lachlan Anderson, Daniel Maiava, Trevor Hosea, David Feliuai, David Vaihu, Lebron Naea, Cameron Orr, Mason Gordon, Josh Kemeny.
In: David Vaihu, Sam Talakai, David Feliuai, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Monty Ioane, Zac Hough, Alex Mafi, Theo Fourie, Anaru Rangi, Jaiden Christian, Ryan Louwrens.
Out: James Hanson, Divad Palu, Josh Hill, Tom Nowlan, Michael Wells, Young Tonumaipea, Matt To'omua, Rhys Van Nek, Joe Powell, Sef Fa'agase, Jeral Skelton, Efi Maafu, Ross Haylett-Petty.
What might have been in 2022 for the Blues.
Despite the team's victory in the Super Rugby trans-Tasman tournament, this was only their second appearance in the Super Rugby playoffs overall and their first since 2003.
The Blues, captained by Leon MacDonald, appeared to be a serious threat to the Crusaders at one point.
As a whole, the outlook for the year 2023 is positive.
Zarn Sullivan, Sam Nock, Taine Plumtree, Dalton Papali'i, Alex Hodgman, Stephen Perofeta, Caleb Tangitau, Adrian Choat, James Lay, Hoskins Sotutu, Mark Telea, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, AJ Lam, Caleb Clarke, Tom Robinson, Josh Fusitu'a, Cameron Suafoa, Beauden Barrett, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Kurt Eklund, Nepo Laulala, Ricky Riccitelli, Patrick Tuipulotu, Soane Vikena, Taufa Funaki, James Tucker, Ofa Tuungafasi, Finlay Christie, Rob Rush, Sam Darry, Marcel Renata, Harry Plummer, Rieko Ioane, Akira Ioane, Anton Segner, Bryce Heem, Corey Evans, Tanielu Tele'a.
Ins: James Lay, Patrick Tuipulotu, Caleb Tangitau
Outs: Josh Goodhue, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Luke Romano, Tamati Tua,