Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby preview – Hurricanes


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 18 Feb 2012 at 09:00
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The last of the previews for the New Zealand teams, and in my opinion the team that will fill the bottom spot on the New Zealand conference, is the Hurricanes. The team has had a turbulent couple of months, with coaching changes and quite a few players that have left the franchise.

Having a look at the Hurricanes squad, there are not a lot of New Zealand internationals in there, with captain Conrad Smith and Cory Jane the backline stars, and Victor Vito the stand alone forward international. The stars that have left the franchise include Ma’a Nonu, Andrew Hore, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden and Hosea Gear.

The above, although a worry, could turn the team into a nothing to lose mind frame, and this is always dangerous. But I just cannot see them finishing in the top half of the overall log, and is almost certainly going to be the bottom New Zealand franchise.

There will still be a few youngsters coming through and will add to the excitement of watching Super Rugby, with Jack Lam and Beauden Barrett the standout players to keep an eye on this year. I have also heard good murmers about scrumhalf TJ Perenara, but I have not seen him in action as yet.

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
Beauden Barrett
Tim Bateman
Michael Bent
James Broadhurst
Richard Buckman
Dane Coles
Jason Eaton
Chris Eaton
Reggie Goodes
David Hall
Jayden Hayward
Cory Jane
Daniel Kirkpatrick
Jack Lam
Alapati Leiua
Faifili Levave
Karl Lowe
Motu Matu’u
Ben May
Tristan Moran
Charlie Ngatai
TJ Perenara
Tusi Pisi
Mark Reddish
Julian Savea
Brad Shields
Conrad Smith
Chris Smylie
Andre Taylor
Jeremy Thrush
Victor Vito



1 Comment

  • Well coach Mark Hammett has been the man at the centre of the controversy. Let’s see if he can remould the Canes into a winning team without a no. of key senior players like Hore, Nonu and Weepu who appeared to have defected as a direct result of not seeing eye to eye with Hammett.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.02.12 09:35:40 by beet Reply
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