The Hurricanes have added prop Ben May to their Super Rugby squad as an injury replacement for John Schwalger.
Former All Blacks prop Schwalger is likely to miss the entire season following the discovery of further blood clots in his lungs.
32-year-old May returns to New Zealand off the back of two seasons with Fukuoka Sanix Blues in Japan. The former Maori All Blacks prop played 29 games for the Hurricanes between 2012 and 2013.
May, who is already in Wellington and will officially join the ‘Canes squad on Tuesday, also played three games for the Crusaders in 2007 and 33 for the Chiefs during four seasons in Hamilton.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to come home. I still have that hunger to play top quality rugby and I’m feeling fresh and ready to go,” May told the Dominion Post.
“I’m not ready to retire yet, so you bet I’m ready to make an impact. I’ve got a bit of experience but really I’m just keen to get stuck in, do my job and play the best I can.”
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd received some positive news as three key players returning from injury came through Saturday’s pre-season win over the Crusaders without incident.
Props Jeff Toomaga-Allen (knee) and Reggie Goodes (concussion) along with returning flanker Ardie Savea (bicep) all featured after they were ruled out of Wellington’s ITM Cup campaign last year.