Super Rugby

All Blacks prop swaps Highlanders for Hurricanes

Cape Town - Rising young New Zealand tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax has signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes through until at least 2023.

Lomax, who has strong ties to Wellington with extended family living in Wainuiomata, will join the ‘Canes from the Highlanders ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby competition.

After making his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels in 2017, the 23-year-old joined Tasman in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup and quickly established himself as first choice tighthead which earned selection in the Highlanders Super Rugby squad in 2018.

He was selected in the All Blacks last November where he made his debut against Japan after a number of strong performances in Super Rugby.

Lomax also impressed for the Maori All Blacks when he represented the side on its end of year tour of Canada and France in 2017.

Head coach John Plumtree was naturally delighted to have secured Lomax on a long-term deal.

“His potential is obvious for everyone to see. He’s a very impressive young man who is developing his game at a rapid rate. He is a powerful player, has a strong skill set and we are really excited about working with him,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to bring Tyrel back to the Wellington region where we know he will receive a lot of support and quickly establish himself in the Hurricanes club.”