Plumtree has new role for ’Canes

2014-10-30 00:00

WELLINGTON — Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has named his squad for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Former Sharks coach John Plumtree will be his assistant after joining the ’Canes earlier this year from Ireland, where he had been forwards coach. Boyd said the return of Ma’a Nonu and Reynold Lee-Lo specifically, along with four new faces contracted in midfield positions, were key additions to the Hurricanes roster.

“We’re really happy with the return of Ma’a and Rey. Along with Conrad, they make us extremely competitive in the midfield. We’ve also got Willis [Halaholo] and Vince [Aso], both very capable individuals, who will push and learn from the players around them,” Boyd told the Hurricanes’ official website.

Christian Lloyd and Geoffrey Cridge are new and have been outlined by selectors as a locking combo with huge potential, while Taranaki’s Iopu Iopu-Aso and Jason Woodward will also look to get their first caps for the club.

Manawatu’s Callum Gibbins, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Chris Eves have all been promoted to full contracts from wider training group status last year, following strong ITM Cup campaigns with the Championship-winning Turbos.

Boyd said while he was really pleased with the contracted squad, the team did lose “some quality players to overseas clubs”.

The Hurricanes’ wider training group includes the return of Adam Hill and Mike Kainga, while halfback Frae Wilson has moved north from the Highlanders. — Sport24.

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