Hawke's Bay have announced their squad that will compete in the Mitre 10 Cup, with Brad Weber's arrival a major boost to their backline.
Scrum-half Weber joins the Magpies from Waikato and will form a strong half-back combination with Ihaia West in the upcoming season.
Magpies coaches Craig Philpott and Danny Lee name All Black duo Brodie Retallick and Israel Dagg in the group although their particpation is of course dependent on their time with the New Zealand squad in the Rugby Championship.
Recent Super Rugby winners Ben May, Mark Abbott, Tony Lamborn and Ricky Riccitelli are all included, as is veteran lock Ross Filipo.
Hawke's Bay Mitre 10 Cup squad
Forwards: Ash Dixon, Brendon Edmonds (injured), Tolu Fahamokioa, Mason Kean, Jason Long, Ben May, Ricky Riccitelli, Jorian Tangarere, Mark Abbott, Michael Allardice (injured), Geoff Cridge, Ross Filipo, Brodie Retallick, Sanaila Waqa (injured), Trent Boswell-Wakefield, Gareth Evans (injured), Ben Hamelink, Tony Lamborn, Marino Milaele Tu'u, Hugh Renton, Fa'alemiga Selesele
Backs: Chris Eaton, Tiaan Falcon, Brad Weber, Ihaia West, Ellery Wilson, Robbie Fruean, Matt Garland, Jonah Lowe, Lewis Marshall, Billy Ropiha, Shannan Chase, Israel Dagg, Mason Emerson, Sam McNicol, Ryan Tongia