The Hurricanes will have four new faces in their squad for next year's Super Rugby competition.
The five New Zealand franchises will announce their squads today and the Canes newcomers will be Hawke's Bay lock Mark Abbott, Tasman first five-eighth Marty Banks and the midfield pair of Cardiff Vaega (Southland) and Hadleigh Parkes (Auckland).
Wellington prop John Schwalger also returns to Super Rugby after a spell overseas while last year's wider training squad member Ash Dixon gets a well-deserved promotion to coach Mark Hammett's 32 man squad.
The wider training squad members are the Manawatu trio of Callum Gibbins, Chris Eves and Nehe Milner Skudder, Tasman halfback Billy Guyton and Wellington loose forward Adam Hill.
All told, the class of 2014 has nine All Blacks, four Maori All Blacks and two Manu Samoa players.
Those players with international commitments will join the squad in January, while the remainder of the squad will report for duty on November 28.
Forwards: Mark Abbott (Hawke's Bay), James Broadhurst (Taranaki), Dane Coles (Wellington), Ash Dixon (Hawke's Bay), Ben Franks (Hawke's Bay), Reggie Goodes (Wellington), Jack Lam (Waikato), Faifili Levave (Wellington), Motu Matu'u (Wellington), Mark Reddish (Wellington), Ardie Savea (Wellington), John Schwalger (Wellington), Brad Shields (Wellington), Eric Sione (Wellington), Blade Thomson (Taranaki), Jeremy Thrush (Wellington), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Wellington), Victor Vito (Wellington).
Backs: Beauden Barrett (Taranaki), Marty Banks (Tasman), Tim Bateman (Wellington), Cory Jane (Wellington), Alapati Leiua (Wellington), James Marshall (Taranaki), Hadleigh Parkes (Auckland), TJ Perenara (Wellington), Matt Proctor (Wellington), Julian Savea (Wellington), Conrad Smith (Wellington), Chris Smylie (Taranaki), Andre Taylor (Taranaki), Cardiff Vaega (Southland). Wider training squad: Chris Eves (Manawatu), Callum Gibbins (Manawatu), Adam Hill (Wellington), Billy Guyton (Tasman), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu)
- The Dominion Post
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