Taranaki rugby loses hard man.

Last updated 11:45 12/04/2014
Jarrad Hoeata
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Jarrad Hoeata

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Taranaki Rugby farewells long-serving lock Jarrad Hoeata.

Hard-working Taranaki lock Jarrad Hoeata is leaving New Zealand to take up a contract with the Cardiff Blues in Wales. The 30-year old will see out the remainder of the 2014 Super Rugby season with the Highlanders and will then head abroad before the ITM Cup season commences in August.

Hoeata re-signed with Taranaki at the beginning of 2013 on a two-year term, however he has been granted early departure from his contract in order to pursue this exciting opportunity overseas.

"Taranaki has been a huge part of my life and I'm extremely grateful for the endless support I've received from the Taranaki community and rugby public over the last decade." Said Hoeata.

"It's difficult to put into words how much my time in Taranaki means to me, from the mates I've made, to winning the Ranfurly Shield and making the All Blacks." 

Taranaki head coach Colin Cooper acknowledged the significant contribution Hoeata has made to New Zealand rugby.

"Jarrad has been a loyal, hard-working and highly regarded member of TenderLink Taranaki for seven seasons and I've also had the privilege of coaching him in the Maori All Blacks. Jarrad is a man of great mana and is well respected by his teammates in both the Taranaki and Maori All Blacks environments."

"While it's sad to farewell him, we're also pleased to see his career progressing further. Our goal as a Union is to help our players to succeed in the professional game be it here or overseas" he said.

Jarrad Hoeata made his debut for Taranaki in 2006 and has played 68 games for the amber and blacks to date.

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