Blues sign four players from Canes territory

Last updated 12:00 24/09/2012
Waisake Naholo
MOVING NORTH: Waisake Naholo in action for Taranaki during their win over Bay of Plenty.

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The Blues have raided Hurricanes territory for two of their four new signings.

Taranaki players Waisake Naholo (wing) and Kane Barrett (loose forward/lock) have been lured north by Blues coach Sir John Kirwan.

The Blues also confirmed today that they had signed young Counties first-five Baden Kerr.

He will help cover the problem No 10 position after the Blues controversially de-listed Gareth Anscombe and Michael Hobbs.

The Blues have also bolstered the halfbacks stocks by signing North Harbour's Bryn Hall. The absence of Alby Mathewson left a big hole for Kirwan to fill at No 9 behind Piri Weepu.

All four players have signed two-year deals with the Blues.

"They fit the criteria for the types of players we are looking for in their respective positions as well as how they will mesh with those already in the squad," Kirwan said in announcing the signings.

"It is a balancing act of mixing young and exciting with the older, more experienced heads and how you blend both those components together across a long season."

Both Hall and Naholo have represented New Zealand in the under-20s and Kerr and Barrett have played representative rugby at provincial level, with Barrett captaining NZ Secondary Schools in 2009.

All four players will experience their first taste of Super Rugby in 2013.

"The Blues is the team I've always supported, and to now be part of that squad under the pretty impressive coaching team is really exciting," said Papakura-born Kerr. 

Auckland No 8 Peter Saili has also re-signed with the Blues for another year.

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