Taranaki legend Andy Slater made one appearance for the Hurricanes on the reserves bench against the Cats in 2000 as an injury replacement midway throughout the season.
Slater was an icon of Taranaki rugby throughout the 1990s, first making his debut as a 19-year old in 1989. By the time of his retirement at the end of 2001 Slater had become the third most capped Taranaki player ever behind Ian Eliason (223 games between 1964-1981) and Kieran Crowley (200, 1980-1994), and played four more games than his Hurricanes captain brother Gordon.
Many of those Taranaki games were as captain, the hard working lock or loose forward leading the amber and blacks to their famous 1996 Ranfurly Shield win against Auckland, and he was captain again in 1998 and 2000 when Taranaki made the NPC semi-finals. He was also voted First Division NPC player of the year in 2000.
A true amateur in the days of professionalism, Slater won fame in 2000 when he drove all night back home to northern Taranaki from an NPC match in Wellington to milk his herd of cows at dawn the next morning. Not surprisingly, Slater is a life member of the Taranaki rugby union and it was he who delivered the Ranfurly Shield out of a helicoptor to the full house at Yarrow Stadium in August 2011 for Taranaki's first challenge against Hawke's Bay.