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Former Crusader Brett Cameron will join Aidan Morgan and Ruben Love as the third first-five on the Hurricanes roster for 2023.
Former Crusaders first five-eighth Brett Cameron has signed a deal to play for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby Pacific next year.
Cameron, who earned a test cap when he took the field as a late replacement for the All Blacks against Japan in Tokyo in 2018, has returned to New Zealand after a season with Japanese club Kamaishi Seawaves.
The 25-year-old was a member of the Crusaders squad between 2018 and 2020, and also represented Canterbury for 4 seasons. Last year he played for Manawatū before joining the Kamaishi Seawaves to play in the inaugural Japan Rugby League One competition.
Whanganui-born Cameron will play for Manawatū in the national provincial championship, which begins early next month, before joining the Hurricanes for pre-season training.
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Hurricanes coach Jason Holland has recruited Cameron to join Aidan Morgan and Ruben Love as the third first-five on his roster.
“Being from Whanganui, the Hurricanes are the team I grew up supporting, and I’ve always loved the way they play, ” Cameron said.
“I’ve been speaking to some of the guys in the team, and it’s exciting to hear the direction the club is heading in from a culture perspective, so I’m just really excited to get amongst it and see what the team is all about. ”
Cameron attended Cullinane College before shifting to Christchurch to study and join the Canterbury Academy. He later made 13 appearances for the Crusaders.
Holland said he had followed Cameron’s progress when he played for the Crusaders, and Manawatū.
“When he decided to make the move to Manawatū and play for the Turbos last year, I obviously got a closer look and was able to understand more about how he operates, ” Holland said.
“To see the influence he had, in directing the game and the leadership he showed within the Turbos camp was outstanding, especially given he was new to the group.
“He is a talented player with a great skill set, a good kicker, and punts well, but he is also a real threat at the line. He is an athlete who makes really good decisions. ”