Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has answered an SOS to come out of retirement and provide injury cover for Southland.
The loss of veteran hooker Jason Rutledge has left the Stags with problems in the middle of their front row.
That saw skipper Jamie Mackintosh put a call in to his mate Hore to twist his arm to help out in Invercargill.
And it seems to have worked. The Stags have confirmed Hore is training with their squad, but will only get involved in match play if one of their two remaining hookers gets injured.
Hore retired from top rugby last year after 83 tests for the All Blacks, though he has played matches for the British Barbarians and a World XV this year against international sides.
Hore's previous NPC play has been with Taranaki and Otago.
The Stags have gotten off to a good start in this year's NPC, with wins over Bay of Plenty and North Harbour.
They host neighbours Otago on Saturday.
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