The 50 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.
Christian Cullen was widely considered the best fullback of modern rugby and was arguably the finest broken field runner to have graced the game. His records speak volumes. His 58 tests, including 51 consecutively, make him the most capped All Black fullback and he scored 46 test rugby tries, only surpassed by Doug Howlett. He scored in excess of 150 first class tries while in New Zealand and is still the third highest tryscorer in the history of Super rugby with 56 tries behind only Joe Roff and Howlett. He remains the all-time leading try scorer in the Tri-Nations series with 16.
Norm Hewitt was a hardworking and dynamic hooker who played 296 representative matches during a memorable first class career spanning 13 seasons.
When reliable midfield back Jason O’Halloran took the field for his one and only All Black appearance as a replacement against Italy in 2000 it capped off a memorable Hurricanes and Wellington career.
Despite being an insulin-dependent diabetic, O'Halloran performed with distinction in 95 games for Wellington between 1993 and 2001 and in 54 games for the Hurricanes between 1996-2001.