MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday 30th May 2018

       

What’s in a name?  Investec Super Rugby clubs encourage fans to have a go.

New Zealand Rugby and the Investec Super Rugby clubs, the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders are encouraging fans, supporters and each other to learn the correct way to say people’s names. With teams based in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan and matches being played those five countries as well as Fiji and Singapore, and players hailing from a multitude of different backgrounds  – Investec Super Rugby is one of the most diverse sports competitions in the world.

All five New Zealand teams are playing in New Zealand this week, and the clubs are leading the charge to help people feel brave – and safe enough – to have a go at pronouncing some of the more difficult names – and some of the most commonly mispronounced names – among the New Zealand teams.

New Zealand Rugby Head of Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum said:  “This week we’re taking a small step in celebrating how varied and different our back stories might be.

“All five Super Rugby teams are made up of players from a broad and rich range of backgrounds not just in terms of ethnic and cultural background.  Each club has its own regional and fan community with distinct characteristics that set them apart from all other clubs.

“Players from each of the clubs have been sharing with us and their fans exactly how their names should be pronounced – and they’ve also shared some of the most common mistakes when people mispronounce. 

“Players, and many of their families have told us, that it’s okay to get it wrong, and they applaud people for making a real effort to get it right,” he said.

New Zealand Rugby and the super clubs will this week release a video featuring players explaining the correct way to say their names, including examples of some surprising corrections to name pronunciations. Teams will help fans get their tongues around their playing 23 this week, with various guides to help them get the names right.

Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO, Roger Clark, said this week’s focus on names, was a fun way to acknowledge that the Highlanders was made up of many different ethnic groups, backgrounds, and diverse views.

“What we all have in common is a real desire to represent the Highlanders jersey and community proudly.

 

“This small gesture, of trying to get names right, is a great way for us all to show that rugby embraces our many different cultures, and backgrounds, and we are demonstrating particularly to our players, their families and our fans, that we respect them.”

“While we might not always get it right, it’s an important gesture to have a go,” he said.

Teams will help fans get their tongues around their playing 23 this week, with various guides to help them get the names right.

Go to: Say My Name Video

 

2018 PULSE ENERGY HIGHLANDERS SQUAD PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION

Alex

Ainley

Alex Ain-lee

Richard

Buckman

Richid Buck-min

Liam

Coltman

Lee-am Colt-min

Josh

Dickson

Josh Dick-sin

Ash

Dixon

Ash Dick-sin

Elliot

Dixon

Ell-ee-it Dick-sin

Matt

Faddes

Matt Fad-des

Tom

Franklin

Tom Frank-lin

Shannon

Frizell

Shann-in Frizz-el

Kayne

Hammington

Cane Ham-ming-tin

Jackson

Hemopo

Jack-sin Hem-maw-paw

Dillon

Hunt

Dill-in Hunt

Josh

Ioane

Josh Yaw-ah-neh

James

Lentjes

James Len-chiss

Tevita

Li

Teh-vee-ta Lee

Daniel

Lienert-Brown

Dan-yill Len-it Brown

Tyrel

Lomax

Tie-rell Low-max

Josh

McKay

Josh Mick-eye

Marino

Mikaele Tu’u

Mah-ree-no Mee-kah-ell-eh-Too-ew

Guy

Millar

Guy Mill-arr

Tevita

Nabura

Teh-vee-tah Num-boo-rah

Waisake

Naholo

Why- -sah-keh Na-haw-law

Paripari

Parkinson

Pah-ree Park-in-sin

Greg

Pleasants-Tate

Greg Ples-ints-Tait

Dan

Pryor

Dan Pry-or

Josh

Renton

Josh Rent-on

Aki

Seiuli

Ah-kee Say-you-lee

Aaron

Smith

A-rrin Smith

Ben

Smith

Ben Smith

Fletcher

Smith

Fletcher Smith

Lima

Sopoaga

Lee-mah Sawpaw-unga

Liam

Squire

Lee-im Skwy-ah

Rob

Thompson

Rob Thomp-sin

Siate

Tokolahi

See-ah-teh Do-ko-laa-hee

Patelesio (Sio)

Tomkinson

Pah-tell-eh--see-oh Tom-Kin-sinn

Kalolo

Tuiloma

Kah-law-law Too-ee-law-mah

Thomas

Umaga-Jensen

Tom-iss Oo-Mung-ah Jen-sin

Tei

Walden

Tay-hor-rah-ngee Wall-den

Luke

Whitelock

Luke White-lock

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