Andre Taylor thrilled to stick with Hurricanes

Last updated 08:45 14/06/2012
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Top Hurricanes tryscorer Andre Taylor has signed on with the franchise for another two years.

Taylor, 24, has scored 10 tries in Super Rugby this season after being switched to fullback from wing where he played only bit roles for the Hurricanes in his first two years with the franchise.

"I'm thrilled to sign with the Hurricanes," he said.

"I've really enjoyed this season and I'm looking forward to continuing to do the best I can for this team."

Taylor, who will turn out again for Taranaki this season in the ITM Cup, has signed on with the Hurricanes for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

He said this week he had yet to decide where he would play his provincial rugby beyond this season.

"There's a few offers being thrown around, with Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington but I haven't really decided. I don't want to rush anything."

As well as Taylor, the Hurricanes have signed wing Alapati Leiua for another season.

"I'm excited to stay with the team. We have been going really well this year and I want to be a part of that next season," Leiua said.

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett is delighted with the re-signing of two instrumental talents for the Hurricanes.

"Andre has really hit his form this year and found himself a home in the backline.

"Alapati has continued to be a solid performer in both the wings and midfield.

`They are both young and hard-working guys, so their commitment will add to the momentum we're building."

Meanwhile, the pair have both been named to start in the Hurricanes side against the Reds in their "friendly" match on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow.

Taylor will start on the left wing while Leiua has been named at centre.

Taranaki's Michael Bent will start at tighthead prop, and lock James Broadhurst will back up from the North v South match at the weekend.

Other Taranaki players to be included are second five-eighth Jayden Hayward and fullback James Marshall.

Marshall, who is in the Hurricanes' wider training group, has been playing for New Plymouth Old Boys. He came off the bench for the North Island in their loss in Dunedin.

Wing Waisake Naholo, who played his first club game of the season for Spotswood United last week, has been bracketed with Richard Buckman on the wing.

Hurricanes: James Marshall, Richard Buckman or Waisake Naholo, Alapati Leiua, Jayden Hayward, Andre Taylor, Tusi Pisi, Chris Eaton, Mike Coman (captain), Jack Lam, Brad Shields, James Broadhurst, Mark Reddish, Michael Bent, Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes. Reserves, Dane Coles or David Hall, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen or Tristan Moran, Faifili Lavave or Jeremy Thrush, Ardie Savea, Frae Wilson, Daniel Kirkpatrick, TJ Perenara.

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