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A Captains Knock

  • A Captains Knock

With Dane Coles announced as interim Hurricanes captain against the Force in Perth tonight, we take a look back at the franchise's captains over the years.

Mark Allen (1996-1998)

Mark "Bull" Allen was the founding captain of the Hurricanes in the inaugural 1996 Super 12. The prop played 30 matches between 1996 and 1998 and also played 19 games for the All Blacks including eight tests. The finished ninth in its first season and made the semi-finals the year after.

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Jason O'Halloran (1999)

The ever-balding second five-eighths was a foundation player and a natural choice to succeed Allen as Hurricanes captain. He is credited for the emergence of All Blacks stars Christian Cullen and Tana Umaga and played a solitary test himself in 2000. O'Halloran made 54 Super Rugby appearances but his side failed to make the playoffs in 1999.

Norm Hewitt (2000)

Hooker Hewitt took over from Allen in 1999 and played 66 times for the Wellington franchise. He also played nine test matches for the All Blacks. Hewitt is most well-known for his stirring rendition of the All Blacks haka where he and infamous England hooker Richard Cockerill got in each others faces. The Hurricanes did not make the playoffs in 2000.

Gordon Slater (2001)

The no-nonsense prop was regarded at the time as one of the best front-rowers in the country. He was quiet and unassuming but did the hard work on the paddock. Despite this, his Hurricanes side failed to make the playoffs. Slater played six test matches for the All Blacks.

Tana Umaga (2003-2005)

Regarded as one of the best three-quarters of all-time, Umaga was all class. He led the Hurricanes to the semi-finals for just the second time in its history in 2003 and 2004 losing to the Crusaders on both occasions. Umaga played 122 matches for the Hurricanes and 74 tests for the All Blacks.

Rodney So'oialo (2006-2009)

So'oialo became the first Hurricanes captain to lead his side to the final of Super Rugby eventually losing to the Crusaders. He played 101 matches for the franchise, mostly at number 8, and played 62 tests for the All Blacks.

Andrew Hore (2010-2011)

Hore succeeded So'oialo in 2010 and the side did not play well under him. The hooker was controversially dumped at the conclusion of the 2011 season by incoming coach Mark Hammett. He played 102 games for the Hurricanes and 83 tests for the All Blacks.

Conrad Smith (2012-present)

The current All Blacks centre took over a poor Hurricanes side on Hore's departure and things haven't gone well for the team since. Although his play was exceptional, the Hurricanes have struggled for consistency.

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