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First-round domestic contracts offered

New Zealand’s six Major Associations have announced the list of players offered first-round domestic contracts for the coming season.

While a new Master Agreement has yet to be finalised, an agreement has been reached to allow the contracting process to take place in a timely fashion.

The contracting process for domestic players involves two rounds, with 16 players contracted to each team overall - up one from previous seasons. The Major Associations can offer between 10 and 15 contracts at their discretion in the first round, before offering the remaining contracts in the second round on 30 June.

The two-stage contracting process ensures increased competition for the final contracts offered at Major Association level, and helps ensure the best players are contracted throughout the country.    

Domestic contract first round offer for 2018-19 season


Jamie Brown
Craig Cachopa
Mark Chapman
Danru Ferns
Michael Guptill-Bunce
Ben Horne
Ben Lister
Matt McEwan
Robbie O’Donnell
Glenn Phillips
Sean Solia
Will Somerville


Chad Bowes
Blake Coburn
Leo Carter
Andrew Ellis
Cameron Fletcher
Andrew Hazeldine
Kyle Jamieson
Ken McClure
Cole McConchie
Stephen Murdoch
Ed Nuttall
Henry Shipley
Will Williams
Theo van Woerkom

Central Districts

Doug Bracewell
Tom Bruce
Josh Clarkson
Dane Cleaver
Greg Hay
Christian Leopard
Willem Ludick
Ryan McCone
Ajaz Patel
Seth Rance
Bevan Small
Ben Smith
Blair Tickner
Ben Wheeler
Will Young

Northern Districts

James Baker
Peter Bocock
Dean Brownlie
Henry Cooper
Anton Devcich
Daniel Flynn
Zak Gibson
Brett Hampton
Nick Kelly
Scott Kuggeleijn
Daryl Mitchell
Bharat Popli
Brett Randell
Tim Seifert
Joe Walker


Matt Bacon
Warren Barnes
Neil Broom
Mark Craig
Jacob Duffy
Josh Finnie
Shawn Hicks
Anaru Kitchen
Michael Rae
Mitch Renwick
Michael Rippon
Hamish Rutherford
Nathan Smith
Brad Wilson


Hamish Bennett
Tom Blundell
Michael Bracewell
Devon Conway
Lauchie Johns
Iain McPeake
Jimmy Neesham
Ollie Newton
Malcolm Nofal
Jeetan Patel
Rachin Ravindra
Ben Sears
Logan van Beek
Luke Woodcock
Peter Younghusband

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