The Hurricanes backline is set to be bolstered with the signing of first-five Simon Hickey.

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Originally from Auckland, the 26-year-old made a name for himself as the Captain of the Kings College 1st XV, a NZ schools representative and the captain of the NZ Under-20s team.

Whilst he made a debut for Auckland in 2012 and the Blues in 2014, Hickey’s career has been split between France and then Edinburgh  for the last five years.

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He returned home just before the COVID-19 pandemic with the ambition of playing Super Rugby again – a goal he’s elated to have achieved.

“I enjoyed my time playing overseas, but it’s great to be back in NZ. I think this is the best place for me to reach my potential as a player and have a lot of fun in the process.

“I’ve missed my family and mates too, so it’s really nice to be back and around them.”

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Despite only attending his first team training at Rugby League Park yesterday, Hickey says he is already enjoying the environment.

“It’s a strong club with some awesome players and coaches, so I’m excited to learn.”

Head coach, Jason Holland, is looking forward to seeing the new signing find his feet.

“Simon is a 10 who has come through NZ development system and has northern hemisphere experience.

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He is an excellent kicker of the bell with a great rugby brain. We are looking forward to his contributions both on and off the field”

Hickey has signed on to the Hurricanes until the end of 2021.

– Hurricanes Rugby

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