allblacks.com and James Mortimer 30.Oct.2013NZR
The Hurricanes have 26 players returning from the 2013 season, with the addition of newcomers Mark Abbott, Marty Banks, Cardiff Vaega and Hadleigh Parkes.
Prop John Schwalger also makes a return to Super Rugby after a successful ITM Cup campaign with the Ricoh Wellington Lions, while former wider training group member Ash Dixon steps into the 32-man squad.
Manawatu’s Callum Gibbons will undergo his second year within the wider training group, and will be joined by teammates Chris Eves and Nehe Milner-Skudder. Tasman halfback Billy Guyton has also been included in the wider squad, along with Wellington loose forward, Adam Hill.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said he was happy with what his squad offered across the board, and was thrilled with the way many of them had performed during the ITM Cup season.
“Many of the players we have this year have shown a great deal of maturity throughout the ITM Cup.
“I also think the youth we had in our team three years ago have now gained a lot of experience as both international and Super Rugby players, and I’m confident that group of players will step up this season.”
Within their 2014 line-up, the Hurricanes have nine current All Blacks, four Maori All Blacks, and three Manu Samoa players. Those with international commitments will join the squad in January.
The remainder of the squad will begin pre-season duties on November 28.
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