That's all folks

Thus the Herald's live coverage of Super Rugby Pacific squad naming for the 2024 season has come to a close! Thanks for joining us and stick around for all our coverage as the new season approaches!

Christopher Reive's players to watch in 2024: Zach Gallagher - lock, Crusaders

There are a few contenders to fill the Sam Whitelock-shaped hole in the Crusaders second row this year, but Zach Gallagher will be the prospect that most excites the local fans. 

Gallagher, who made his debut in 2022, was a frequent member of the matchday 23 this season with 10 appearances from the bench and one start. It would surprise no one to see Quinten Strange draw the starting role in Whitelock’s absence, however Gallagher’s ability and work rate have shone in every chance he’s been given and he will challenge for that position; the versatile Dominic Gardiner another option for Rob Penney to consider as well. 

A highly touted star of the future, Gallagher will be well-placed to take another step in 2024 - be it off the bench or in the run-on squad. 

The Crusaders have one vacant spot remaining to be filled in their roster, likely to be a prop as Oli Jager requested a release from his contract.

Crusaders name 2024 Super Rugby squad
Crusaders 2023 Super Rugby stats

Tries - 1st (of 12)

Clean breaks - 4th
Carries - 1st
Defenders beaten - 3rd
Tackles won % - 4th
Lineouts won % - 3rd
Offloads - 7th
Scrums won - 5th=
Yellow cards - 10th

Christopher Reive's players to watch in 2024: Zarn Sullivan - fullback/first five-eighths, Blues

In a loaded back line, Zarn Sullivan has a chance to shine. Year after year the 23-year-old has been consistently showing improvements, culminating in an impressive second half in last year’s campaign when he earned consistent time starting at fullback. 

With Beauden Barrett not in this year’s squad, there’s a vacancy in the No.10 jersey – with Sullivan and Stephen Perofeta the likely options, and the other playing fullback. 

Sullivan can be a spark for the Blues with his speed and skill, while he showed his playmaking vision during the NPC season at first-five for Auckland. Wherever Sullivan is utilised, he’ll be an important cog in the Blues machine and could play his way into the conversation for higher honours. 

And finally

The defending champion Crusaders and the Western Force will announce their squads at 3pm NZT.

Former All Black Angus Ta'avao returns to Auckland for the Blues.