- The Hurricanes have bolstered their flyhalf stocks with the signing of Simon Hickey.
- The 26-year-old is a former Blues pivot and ex-Junior All Blacks captain.
- He played club rugby in Scotland and France for the past five years.
The Hurricanes have announced the signing of former Blues flyhalf Simon Hickey.
Originally from Auckland, the 26-year-old made a name for himself as the captain of the Kings College 1st XV, a NZ schools representative and the captain of the NZ Under-20s team.
Whilst he made his debut for Auckland in 2012 and the Blues in 2014, Hickey's career has been split between France (Bordeaux Begles) and Scotland (Edinburgh) for the last five years.
He returned to New Zealand just before the Covid-19 pandemic with the ambition of playing Super Rugby again.
"I enjoyed my time playing overseas, but it’s great to be back in NZ. I think this is the best place for me to reach my potential as a player and have a lot of fun in the process,” he told the official Super Rugby NZ website.
"I've missed my family and mates too, so it's really nice to be back and around them."
Hurricanes coach Jason Holland is happy to have another flyhalf to call on.
"Simon is a 10 who has come through New Zealand development system and has northern hemisphere experience.
"He is an excellent kicker of the bell with a great rugby brain. We are looking forward to his contributions both on and off the field," Holland said.
Hickey only arrived at the Hurricanes earlier this week and was not considered for Sunday's Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Chiefs in Hamilton (kick-off 05:35 SA time).
He has signed with the Hurricanes until the end of the 2021 season.
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