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Alama Ieremia

Alama Ieremia has the distinction of scoring the first ever try in Super rugby, against the Blues in the inaugural Super 12 match in Palmerston North in 1996.

Born and raised in Samoa, Ieremia came to New Zealand to study at Victoria University in Wellington and play rugby. A hard running and strong defensive midfield back, he first made the Wellington Lions NPC side in 1992 as a 21-year old, the first of eight seasons with the Lions. His crowning moment for Wellington was winning the NPC title in 2000 in his final first class match in New Zealand.

Dane Coles

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.

Beauden Barrett

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.

Andrew Blowers

Ex Blues player Andrew Blowers spent one season with the Hurricanes in 1999. Used as a blindside flanker, Blowers and openside Kupu Vanisi started in every match, and together they formed a useful partnership in the loose with No. 8 Filo Tiatia.


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