The 100 Club
Dane Coles's elevation to the All Blacks for their 2012 end of year tour to Europe was richly deserved for the dynamic hooker from the Kapiti Coast. Coles came off the bench to make his Test debut in New Zealand's 51-22 against Edinburgh against Scotland. He went on to play in Test wins against Italy and Wales.
Injuries curtailed his 2013 Super Rugby season for the Hurricanes, a year in which he surpassed 50 caps for the franchise.
An electrifying debut Super Rugby season for the Hurricanes in 2012 was rewarded in selection for the All Blacks for the first time in June against Ireland. Barrett's Test debut was a memorable one; the first five-eighth coming off the bench after 24 minutes and helping the All Blacks to a record 60-0 win over the Irish.
He went on to play five Tests in 2012, making his starting debut against Italy in Rome in November.
In May 2007 Jonathan Falefasa ‘Tana’ Umaga brought the curtain down on an illustrious Hurricanes career, spanning the entire Super rugby competition and 122 appearances.
Born in Lower Hutt to Samoan parents, Umaga originally played rugby league, making the Junior Kiwis in 1991-1992. In 1992 aged 18 he trialled with NRL side the Newcastle Knights but returned to New Zealand to pursue rugby.
The Hurricanes celebrated the career of one of their champion players in their penultimate round-robin match of the 2010 Rebel Sport Super 14 season when No. 8 Rodney So’oialo played his 100th game in round 13 against the Reds.
The dedicated, hard working and popular So’oilao reached the landmark personal milestone on his home ground at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
He became the second Hurricanes player and first forward to reach a century of appearances for the franchise, after founding Hurricanes player and midfield back and winger Tana Umaga (122 caps, 1996-2007).