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Hurricanes sign up three for Super Rugby 2012

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Article Published: Tuesday 14 June 2011|

The Hurricanes have signed New Zealand Maori prop Ben May and have signed lock James Broadhurst and utility back Charlie Ngatai for another Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said that he was delighted to have added the three players to his playing roster for the 2012 season.

Hammett said that May was a very experienced prop at Super Rugby level who had been looking to replace Neemia Tialata and John Schwalger who are both leaving the Hurricanes for France.

"To be able to acquire the services of Ben is fantastic for the franchise and he is really determined to make his mark at the Hurricanes," he told AAP.

"We are also stoked that James and Charlie have decided to re-sign with the franchise."

"Both are young guys with great potential and will be an important part of building that next group of Hurricanes."

Twenty-eight-year-old May has played for the Chiefs since 2008 following a year at the Crusaders.

"I am looking forward to working with Mark again and the new challenge that lies ahead," said May.

After 16 appearances in two seasons with the Hurricanes, Broadhurst was keen to extend his time, saying: "Re-signing with the Hurricanes for another two seasons is a great opportunity for me.

"This year has helped me develop my game and I'm looking forward to the 2012 season."

Ngatai's first season in the full Hurricanes squad came to an abrupt end when he broke his ankle at the end of April in the win over Queensland.

"I am just looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully get more game time and can't wait to play next season," he said.


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