Hard-working lock and specialist set piece exponent James Broadhurst became a valuable member of any side he represented, renowned for his high workrate, athleticism and experience.
Broadhurst played his first Super Rugby season in 2010 after previously being a member of the Crusaders Wider Training Group.
Prior to 2010 he spent four years in Canterbury, but returned to the Hurricanes region where he attended secondary school in Gisborne and represented Poverty Bay Secondary Schools. He grew up in Northland and as represented New Zealand at U19 and U21 levels.
He was a key cog in Canterbury's back-to-back Air New Zealand Cup title wins in 2009, but in early 2010 announced his shift to Taranaki, helping the amber and blacks win the ITM Cup in 2014.
In July 2013, Broadhurst announced he had re-signed with the Hurricanes for a further two years through to the end of 2015.
His form only improved to the point he was selected in the All Blacks and made his test debut against South Africa in 2015 before a serious concussion ended his career prematurely.