Taranaki boost ranks with signings

Date published: December 6 2016

Versatile back Jordie Barrett and scrum-half Logan Crowley have signed for New Zealand province Taranaki, it's been announced.

Barrett just completed his first tour with the All Blacks and has been nominated for provincial and age-group player of the year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards.

The younger brother of All Blacks fly-half Beauden, Jordie helped Canterbury win the Mitre 10 Cup earlier this year, but has signed for the Hurricanes next year.

Crowley, 20, who was called into the Canterbury squad this season, also had the opportunity to stay in the South Island but opted to head home.

The pair, who were also former team-mates at Francis Douglas Memorial College, have the potential to become second generation Taranaki players with fathers Alan Crowley and Kevin Barrett having enjoyed long careers with the province.

"It's great to have them," Taranaki coach Colin Cooper said. "Our vision has always been to try and get our team competitive enough to bring quality players like these two back home. We're pretty excited about it because we've been talking to these boys for two or three years."