Hawke's Bay lock Mark Abbott made a real name for himself during the 2013 and 2014 ITM Cups.
Abbott arrived in Hawke's Bay for the 2013 season having only played representative rugby for the Canterbury Colts team. It was his work ethic, athletic ability and enthusiasm which landed him a Super Rugby contract for 2014, and again in 2015.
Abbott made his Super Rugby debut at lock in the first match of 2014 against the Sharks in Durban and made one other appearance against the Highlanders.
He played club rugby for Napier Old Boys Marist, often playing in the loose forwards as well as at lock.
Abbott established himself as a member of the Hurricanes starting XV in 2017 as a result of some stellar performances.
He made his last appearance for the Hurricanes in 2017.
CAPTION: Abbo runs in for one of his two tries against the Blues at Eden Park during the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season. PHOTO: Getty Sport