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Kobus van Wyk is the surprise signing for the Hurricanes as they finalise their Super Rugby squad on Tuesday night.
The South African midfield/wing utility back has played six seasons of Super Rugby, split equally with the Stormers and Sharks.
He shapes as a replacement for centre Matt Proctor, who left for Northampton at the end of the 2019 season, but has played predominantly on the wing, so young midfielders Peter Umaga-Jensen, Billy Proctor and Danny Toala may be in a pre-season battle for the No 13 jersey.
Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said van Wyk’s arrival came in large part due to coach John Plumtree’s connections in South Africa, where he coached and played for 15 years over two stints.
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“John has obviously spent a lot of time in South Africa, so he knows a lot of people over there. Kobus’ name came up and then John and [assistant coach] Jason Holland had a look at him play and he was really keen to come out.
“We’re really excited by that. Super Rugby is an international competition, but having foreign players in New Zealand doesn’t happen that often. He’s been picked on ability first, but I think it’s cool for fans to have a bit of international f
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