Planet Rugby

Three new signings for Hurricanes

03rd October 2013 08:31

Share:

Hadleigh Parkes

Hadleigh Parkes: Back with his home region

The Hurricanes have bolstered their ranks by signing Tasman's Marty Banks, Auckland's Hadleigh Parkes, and Hawke's Bay's Mark Abbott for the 2014 season.

The Wellington-based franchise's coach Mark Hammett said all three players had shown great form throughout the ITM Cup, and each would bring different qualities to his 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," he explained.

"These guys are three in-form players who will all get a good shot in 2014."

In his first year with the Tasman Makos, Banks has been prominent at fly-half, 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 added.

"He knows how to attack the line, he has a strong pass from both sides, and he's an exceptional goal kicker."

24-year-old 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 NZ rugby," he remarked.

"In all honesty, I thought the opportunity to play ITM Cup had passed me by.

"After a great year back home with Buller in the Heartland Championship things have just got better and better.

"I couldn't be more excited about playing Super Rugby for the Hurricanes in 2014".

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 is thrilled to be coming back to the his home region.

"It's just awesome," he said.

"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."

In Abbott's case, Hammett said the 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."

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.

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs vs Crusaders19:40
More Super Rugby fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624