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Marshall returns and home-grown Taramai signs for 2020

Wed 2nd Oct

North Harbour loose forward Murphy Taramai will be returning home to Wellington after he signed with the Hurricanes for the 2020 Investec Super Rugby season.

The 27-year-old grew up in the capital and attended Upper Hutt College where his sporting prowess was widely recognised.

He shifted across the Tasman to take up a contract with the Penrith Panthers but returned to New Zealand where he played for Wellington before shifting to play for North Harbour.

The former New Zealand sevens representative's form has been strong in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.

"He's a good ball carrier, has an excellent work rate and is a really good defender which are all good attributes," Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree said.

"We think he can do a really good job for us and we are looking forward to him coming into the Hurricanes environment."

Meanwhile, experienced utility back James Marshall has extended his time at the Hurricanes after also signing on for the 2020 season.

Marshall, who has been playing in Japan since the end of the Super Rugby season, brings an ability to cover a number of positions, most notably fullback and first five-eighth.

"James is just a really good person to have within the squad," Plumtree added.

"He adds a strong voice to a lot of things we are trying to achieve and we're really happy he has decided to come back for another season."

The 30-year-old has made 53 appearances for the Hurricanes since he made his debut in 2013. 


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