We take a look at the seven best signings made in the Super Rugby off-season ahead of the action kicking off again in 2016…
7.Zac Guildford – Waratahs
The bad boy of New Zealand rugby, the Waratahs have without doubt taken a punt of Guildford. If he gets his head down and works hard he could prove to be an inspired signing, however if he lets himself get distracted off the field, it’s easy to see him not even lasting the season.
6.Jacques Potgieter – Sharks
After impressing for the Waratahs, Potgieter made the decision to return to South Africa with the Sharks where his physical presence will likely be a big boost for their pack. If he can reduce his ‘Tahs form for the Sharks, expect him to be garnering attention from Springbok selectors.
5.Willie le Roux – Sharks
The loss of le Roux has come as a huge blow to the Cheetahs, however the tricky full back will be a huge boost for the Durban based Sharks who are desperately in need of someone with his skillset to bust open defences with tricky footwork, pace and an eye for a chip through.
4.Tomas Cubelli – Brumbies
It came as a surprise to some that Cubelli opted to join the Brumbies rather than the new Argentinian franchise, however the Canberra based franchise will be delighted with their acquisition as Cubelli can pull the strings for them from scrum half.
3.Nicolas Sanchez – Jaguares
It was no great surprise however when Sanchez opted to return to Argentina to join the Jaguares. His experience playing for Los Pumas over the last few years will hold him in good stead, end we can definitely expect to see him making an impression on Super Rugby in the 10 shirt.
2.Ayumu Goromaru – Reds
The Japanese full back is a huge coup for the ailing Queenslanders who may have expected him to join the Sunwolves instead. A steady kicked and solid full back who may just add some consistency to a backline that was badly misfiring in 2015.
1.Rene Ranger – Blues
The return of Ranger to the struggling blues will be a huge boost to Tana Umaga who is desperately in need of some star quality in his backline as he attempts to turn the Blues into a force to be reckoned with during the 2016 Super Rugby tournament.