Returning to the Hurricanes squad for 2015, Hawke's Bay lock Mark Abbott made a real name for himself during the 2013 and 2014 ITM Cups.
Abbott arrived in Hawke's Bay for the 2013 season having only played representative rugby for the Canterbury Colts team. It was his work ethic, athletic ability and enthusiasm which landed him a Super Rugby contract for 2014, and again in 2015.
Abbott made his Super Rugby debut at lock in the first match of 2014 against the Sharks in Durban and made one other appearance against the Highlanders.
He plays club rugby for Napier Old Boys Marist, often playing in the loose forwards as well as at lock.