There isn’t long until Super Rugby 2014 kicks off.  It is exciting casting your eye over the different squads and exciting trying to pick the teams assuming everyone is fit (which doesn’t happen much these days). 


The Hurricanes squad has been overshadowed by the Chiefs and Crusaders in the New Zealand conference in recent seasons, but their 2014 Super Rugby squad boasts plenty of talent.


There is a sprinkling of All Blacks, although it is difficult to tell when they will start playing in Super Rugby 2014.  The Hurricanes top players are hooker Dane Coles, prop Ben Franks, lock Jeremy Thrush, Number Eight Victor Vito and backs like TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane and Julian Savea, while Alapati Leiua is an exciting Samoan international outside back.

There are also some exciting young players like Brad Shields, Ardie Savea, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen and Marty Banks who will look to use their Super Rugby 2014 campaigns to launch their bids for All Black jerseys heading towards the Rugby World Cup 2015.


Here is my Hurricanes 2014 starting team and bench.  The Hurricanes have plenty of quality across the paddock with their outside backs the toughest place to earn a starting spot.  Who would you put in the midfield with Conrad Smith?  The reliable Hadleigh Parkes look set to earn the second five eighth jersey ahead of Tim Bateman and Cardiff Vaega, although it is hard to know how his combination will go with Conrad Smith.  It is hard to find spots for the exciting Marty Banks and James Marshall.

Do you agree with my starting Hurricanes 2014 squad assuming everyone is available?

My Hurricanes Starting XV and bench

15. Cory Jane

14.  Alapati Leiua

13. Conrad Smith

12. Hadleigh Parkes

11. Julian Savea

10. Beauden Barrett

9. TJ Perenara

8. Victor Vito

7. Ardie Savea

6. Brad Shields

5. Jeremy Thrush

4. Mark Abbott

3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

2. Dane Coles

1.  Ben Franks


16. Motu Matuú

17. Reggie Goodes

18. James Broadhurst

19.  Faifilli Levave

20. Chris Smylie

21. Marty Banks

22. Andre Taylor

The Hurricanes squad for 2014 is;


Mark Abbott (Hawke’s Bay)

James Broadhurst (Taranaki)

Dane Coles (Wellington)

Ash Dixon (Hawke’s Bay)

Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay)

Reggie Goodes (Wellington)

Jack Lam (Waikato)

Faifili Levave (Wellington)

Motu Matu’u (Wellington)

Mark Reddish (Wellington)

Ardie Savea (Wellington)

John Schwalger (Wellington)

Brad Shields (Wellington)

Eric Sione (Wellington)

Blade Thomson (Taranaki)

Jeremy Thrush (Wellington)

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Wellington)

Victor Vito (Wellington)


Beauden Barrett (Taranaki)

Marty Banks (Tasman)

Tim Bateman (Wellington)

Cory Jane (Wellington)

Alapati Leiua (Wellington)

James Marshall (Taranaki)

Hadleigh Parkes (Auckland)

TJ Perenara (Wellington)

Matt Proctor (Wellington)

Julian Savea (Wellington)

Conrad Smith (Wellington)

Chris Smylie (Taranaki)

Andre Taylor (Taranaki)

Cardiff Vaega (Southland)