Hugh Renton has forged a reputation for resilience, character and work ethic during his two years in the Hurricanes despite having yet to make his Investec Super Rugby debut.
A star loose forward at Lindisfarne College in Hastings, Renton was spotted and signed by the Hurricanes talent scouts, only to hit an unexpected and still largely unexplained snag.
Renton woke up one day to discover he could barely move his arm due to nerve damage. It began three years of wondering if he'd ever play the game he loved again.
Thankfully, through hard work and determination Renton worked his way back to fitness.
Last year Renton was recognised by his Hurricanes teammates when he was awarded the club's Super Rugby Award, an honour given to the player who works hardest in training on a day to day basis throughout the season.
He finally took the field for the Hurricanes in 2016 during a bye round friendly against the Melbourne Rebels and made his Hawke's Bay Magpies debut later in the year.
This year Renton has already played in several Hurricanes preseason matches and at the recent Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.
CAPTION: Hugh Renton takes on the Highlanders defence at the 2017 Global Tens in Brisbane. PHOTO: Getty Sport