Eight new players have today been announced in the 2013 Hurricanes Super Rugby squad, including two players that will make the step up from last year's wider training group.
The new recruits include All Black Ben Franks, Wellington and New Zealand Under 20 representatives Matt Proctor and Eric Sione, Tongan scrumhalf Samisoni Fisilau, Wellington and former New Zealand Sevens player Ardie Savea and Rey Lee-Lo from Counties Manukau. Last year’s wider training group members James Marshall and Blade Thomson have moved up up into the main squad.
The squad includes 24 fully contracted players from 2012, out of the entire 32-player group.
The side will be led by Conrad Smith.
Pre-season will get under way on Monday 10 December. The Hurricanes' first game of the tournament will be against the Blues, at home, on Saturday 23 February.
James Broadhurst, Barrett First, Dane Coles, Tim Bateman, Jason Eaton, Samisoni Fisilau, Ben Franks, Cory Jane, Reggie Goodes, Rey Lee-Lo, Jack Lam, Alapati Leuia, Faifili Levave, James Marshall, Karl Lowe, TJ Perenara, Motu Matu'u, Tusi Pisi, Ben May, Matt Proctor, Mark Reddish, Julian Savea, Ardie Savea, Conrad Smith, Brad Shields, Chris Smylie, Eric Sione, Andre Taylor, Blade Thomson, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Victor Vito