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As per normal the New Zealanders does not wait to get ready for the game that they love so much.

It is mid November and they have finalised their squads already for the 2020 season as we have seen the last couple of years.

After World Cups we normally see exodus off players and this time is no different.

It seems the Highlanders were hit the worst with players moving on. There are also a few Crusaders with the likes of Kieran Read, Ryan Crotty and Sam Whitelock playing in Japan after the Rugby World Cup.

Big news for the Chiefs is that Cruden is coming back to New Zealand and will be playing for them, signing a one year deal with the franchise.

Here is their squads:

Blues:
Hookers: Kurt Eklund (), Ray Niuia (1), James Parsons (105). Props: Alex Hodgman (33), Ezekiel Lindenmuth (2), Sione Mafileo (41), Marcel Renata (8), Karl Tu’inukuafe (26), Ofa Tuungafasi (79). Locks: Gerard Cowley-Tuioti (43), Josh Goodhue (18), Jacob Pierce (2), Patrick Tuipulotu (67), Baden Wardlaw (). Loose forwards: Blake Gibson (40), Akira Ioane (64), Tony Lamborn (4), Dalton Papalii (21), Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (), Tom Robinson (15), Hoskins Sotutu (1), James Tucker (). Halfbacks: Finlay Christie (15), Sam Nock (22), Jonathan Ruru (27). First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett (125), Otere Black (36), Jack Heighton (), Stephen Perofeta (15), Harry Plummer (16). Midfielders: TJ Faiane (30), Rieko Ioane (48), Joe Marchant (), Tanielu Tele’a (9). Outside backs: Caleb Clarke (13), Matt Duffie (41), Jordan Hyland (7), Emoni Narawa (), Jared Page (), Mark Telea (*).

Chiefs
Hookers:
 Nathan Harris (58), Bradley Slater (2), Samisoni Taukei’aho (22). Props: Ryan Coxon (4), Nepo Laulala (64), Atu Moli (36), Reuben O’Neill (), Aidan Ross (24), Angus Ta’avao (79). Locks: Naitoa Ah Kuoi (), Tyler Ardron (26), Michael Allardice (40), Laghlan McWhannell (). Loose forwards: Lachlan Boshier (42), Mitchell Brown (31), Sam Cane (111), Pita Gus Sowakula (15), Luke Jacobson (21), Mitchell Karpik (19), Dylan Nel (). Halfbacks: Lisati Milo-Harris (), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (42), Brad Weber (71). First five-eighths: Aaron Cruden (114), Tiaan Falcon (3), Damian McKenzie (72), Kaleb Trask (). Midfielders: Orbyn Leger (9), Anton Lienert-Brown (68), Tumua Manu (20), Alex Nankivell (21), Bailyn Sullivan (5). Outside backs: Solomon Alaimalo (37), Sam McNicol (12), Kini Naholo (), Etene Nanai-Seturo (11), Shaun Stevenson (33), Quinn Tupaea (), Sean Wainui (35).

Hurricanes
Hookers:
 Asafo Aumua (15), Dane Coles (110), Ricky Riccitelli (56). Props: Fraser Armstrong (22), Alex Fidow (4), Tyrel Lomax (30), Ben May (124), Xavier Numia (9), Pouri Rakete-Stones (). Locks: James Blackwell (23), Devan Flanders (), Kane Leaupepe (10), Liam Mitchell (12), Scott Scrafton (22), Isaia Walker-Leawere (18). Loose forwards: Gareth Evans (67), Vaea Fifita (57), Du’Plessis Kirifi (15), Reed Prinsep (44), Ardie Savea (91), Murphy Taramai (). Halfbacks: Jamie Booth (11), TJ Perenara (127), Jonathan Taumateine (10). First five-eighths: Jackson Garden-Bachop (20), James Marshall (53), Fletcher Smith (22). Midfielders: Vince Aso (44), Jordie Barrett (48), Ngani Laumape (60), Jonah Lowe (3), Billy Proctor (1), Danny Toala (2), Peter Umaga-Jensen (5), Kobus Van Wyk (). Outside backs: Wes Goosen (37), Ben Lam (38), Salesi Rayasi (5), Chase Tiatia (11).

Crusaders
Hookers:
 Andrew Makalio (33), Brodie McAlister (), Codie Taylor (77). Props: Michael Alaalatoa (69), Harry Allan (12), George Bower (10), Oliver Jager (15), Joe Moody (82), Isileli Tuungafasi (4). Locks: Scott Barrett (68), Mitchell Dunshea (9), Luke Romano (123), Quinten Strange (25). Loose forwards: Ethan Blackadder (7), Tom Christie (), Whetukamokamo Douglas (22), Cullen Grace (), Billy Harmon (8), Sione Havili (), Ethan Roots (), Tom Sanders (28). Halfbacks: Mitchell Drummond (79), Ereatara Enari (5), Bryn Hall (84). First five-eighths: Fergus Burke (), Brett Cameron (6), Richie Mo’unga (57). Midfielders: Braydon Ennor (25), Jack Goodhue (44), Dallas McLeod (). Outside backs: George Bridge (49), Leicester Faingaanuku (1), David Havili (75), Inga Finau (), Will Jordan (9), Manasa Mataele (23), Fetuli Paea (*), Sevu Reece (14).

Highlanders
Hookers:
 Liam Coltman (101), Ash Dixon (87), Ricky Jackson (1). Props: Ethan De Groot (), Josh Iosefa-Scott (1), Ayden Johnstone (15), Daniel Lienert-Brown (74), Jeff Thwaites (11), Siate Tokolahi (67). Locks: Josh Dickson (17), Pari Pari Parkinson (7), Manaaki Selby-Rickit (), Jack Whetton (9). Loose forwards: Teariki Ben-Nicholas (), Shannon Frizell (27), Dillon Hunt (31), Zane Kapeli (), James Lentjes (35), Marino Mikaele-tu’u (7), Sione Misiloi (), Jesse Parete (24). Halfbacks: Folau Fakatava (3), Kayne Hammington (42), Aaron Smith (137). First five-eighths: Bryn Gatland (20), Mitchell Hunt (43), Joshua Ioane (22). Midfielders: Michael Collins (29), Ngane Punivai (2), Rob Thompson (50), Patelesio Tomkinson (21), Teihorangi Walden (34). Outside backs: Connor Garden-Bachop (), Scott Gregory (), Karisi Kuridrani (), Josh McKay (6), Tevita Nabura (3), Jona Nareki (*), Thomas Umaga-Jensen (7).

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