Three new faces for Hurricanes

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:06
Large hadleigh parkes kings2 Large hadleigh parkes kings Large mark hammett hurricanes3

Tasman's Marty Banks, Auckland's Hadleigh Parkes, and Mark Abbott from Hawke's Bay have all signed on to join the Hurricanes in 2014.
 

Tasman's Marty Banks, Auckland's Hadleigh Parkes, and Mark Abbott from Hawke's Bay have all signed on to join the Hurricanes in 2014.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said all three had shown great form throughout the NPC, and each would bring different qualities to his strengthening squad.

"One of the things we've talked to them about is that we want players coming here who are committed to playing winning rugby. These guys are three in-form players who will all get a good shot in 2014," he said.

In his first year with the Tasman Makos, Banks has been prominent at flyhalf, and Hammett said his incredible kicking game had been hard to ignore.

"Leon McDonald speaks very highly of his abilities and it's clear he’s got some big strengths. He knows how to attack the line, he has a strong pass from both sides, and he's an exceptional goal-kicker," he said.

Banks said it felt like all his Christmases and birthdays had come at once when he got the call last weekend.

"After a season playing in Russia in 2011, I decided to come home to have another crack at New Zealand rugby. In all honesty, I thought the opportunity to play NPC had passed me by," he said.

"After a great year back home with Buller in the Championship things have just got better and better. I couldn't be more excited about playing Super Rugby for the Hurricanes in 2014," he added.

Hammett said it was also great to have Parkes on board, who would no doubt bring a great deal of experience and leadership to the team.

The Auckland captain spent one season with the Blues in 2012, before heading to the Southern Kings in 2013.

Originally from Manawatu, Parkes said he was thrilled to be coming back to the his home region.

"It's just awesome. I grew up supporting the Hurricanes, I actually went to their first game with my family in Palmerston North, so it'll be great to come back and play with them," he said.
 
In Abbott's case, Hammett said the strong lock had demonstrated a dedication and hard-working attitude during his time with Hawke's Bay, which appealed to the Hurricanes.

"We're now in a really strong position with 30 contracted players and I'm really happy with the quality of those players that we've got," he said.

The final squad will be announced on October 29, and Hammett said they were continuing to look for players to pull into their wider training squad.
 

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 08h45 Melbourne
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9