Wielding their cheque books, clubs in the northern hemisphere have plundered Super Rugby in recent years.

The lucrative deals have offered players the opportunity to provide for their families toward the back end of their careers, while for some Kiwis it provides a more fruitful situation if an All Blacks jersey seems out of reach.

But times are changing, and now the European powerhouses are coming for Super Rugby's young stars.


Already the Blues have lost 25-year-old fullback Melani Nanai to Worcester, while the Crusaders have lost Jordan Taufua to Leicester a year after the 27-year-old had cracked into


Super Rugby confirmed player losses for 2020

Players younger than 28 leaving Super Rugby