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Canes At The Cup

Thu 19th Sep

The Hurricanes alumni will be spread across seven national sides when the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan next week.

Seventeen players who have worn the Hurricanes jersey will be represented, with Samoa having the biggest contingent with five former players, as well as current lock Kane Leaupepe, who signed on with the club for the next two seasons after he made his debut in 2019.

The former players in the Samoa squad include Jack Lam, Motu Matu’u, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo and Tusi Pisi.

The All Blacks, who start the defence of their Cup title against South Africa, have five Hurricanes players from the 2019 squad.

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will be at his second World Cup tournament along with Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara while Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea are set for their first taste of the global event.

Blade Thomson, who made 51 appearances for the Hurricanes between 2013 and 2018, has been named in the Scotland squad while former utility back Jayden Hayward will continue his Italy career which is now into its third season.

Sam Lousi has well and truly recovered from the pec injury which sidelined him for the 2019 Super Rugby season and he will be alongside Hurricanes #188 Samisoni Fisilau in the Tonga squad.

2014 Hurricanes midfielder Hadleigh Parkes has been included in the Wales squad while rugged loose forward Tony Lamborn is with the United States as he qualifies for the Eagles through his American father.

Hurricanes alumni at the 2019 Rugby World Cup:

Scotland: Blade Thomson

Samoa: Jack Lam, Kane Leaupepe, Motu Matu’u, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Tusi Pisi

Italy: Jayden Hayward

New Zealand: Dane Coles, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, TJ Perenara

Tonga: Sam Lousi, Samisoni Fisilau

Wales: Hadleigh Parkes

United States: Tony Lamborn


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