Experienced Hurricanes midfielder Matt Proctor has announced a move to English Premiership club Northampton at the end of 2019.
The 26-year-old has been an integral part of the Hurricanes squad in recent seasons and he will again be a key member of the club under new head coach John Plumtree in the upcoming Investec Super Rugby season.
"While we are naturally disappointed to lose a player of Matt's ability we know he is totally focused on the job he has to do here before he leaves for the next stage of his career," Plumtree said.
Proctor has made 52 appearances for the Hurricanes since he made his debut in 2013 against the Stormers.
A former New Zealand Under-20 representative, Proctor made his New Zealand Maori debut in 2013 and was selected for the All Blacks in 2018 when he made his test debut against Japan.
“We’re really disappointed we couldn’t convince Matt to stay as he is someone we worked really hard to retain in New Zealand rugby," New Zealand Rugby head of professional rugby Chris Lendrum said.
"However, we understand that talented players like Matt do have choices and we hope he achieves his goals in New Zealand this year, and overseas when he leaves.”
The Hurricanes will formally acknowledge Proctor's contribution to the club at the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
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