Hurricanes have secured the signing of lock Scott Scrafton from Super Rugby rivals Blues ahead of the 2020 season.
Scrafton started his professional rugby career with Auckland in 2014 and was part of their Mitre 10 Cup squad before going on to make his Super Rugby debut with Blues in 2016. A knee injury sidelined him close to 12 months before he made a return last month.
The 26-year-old represented New Zealand Schools in 2011 and was also part of the New Zealand U20 squad that competed in the 2013 Junior World Championship in France.
Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree expressed delight on the addition of Scrafton to the squad.
“He is the sort of player who we think can quickly establish himself in our squad and become someone who fits in to the way we really want to play,” he said.
“Scott has shown he has got a really strong work ethic, he’s a big man with a real presence on the field and he’s obviously a really good lineout option.”
Hurricanes will face Bulls in the quarter-final of the ongoing season at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.