All Blacks prop swaps Highlanders for Hurricanes
Cape Town - Rising young New Zealand tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax has
signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes through until at least
Lomax, who has strong ties to Wellington with extended
family living in Wainuiomata, will join the ‘Canes from the Highlanders
ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby competition.
After making his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels in 2017,
the 23-year-old joined Tasman in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup and quickly
established himself as first choice tighthead which earned selection in
the Highlanders Super Rugby squad in 2018.
He was selected in the All Blacks last November where he made his
debut against Japan after a number of strong performances in Super
Lomax also impressed for the Maori All Blacks when he represented the side on its end of year tour of Canada and France in 2017.
Head coach John Plumtree was naturally delighted to have secured Lomax on a long-term deal.
“His potential is obvious for everyone to see. He’s a very impressive
young man who is developing his game at a rapid rate. He is a powerful
player, has a strong skill set and we are really excited about working
with him,” he said.
“It’s great to be able to bring Tyrel back to the Wellington region
where we know he will receive a lot of support and quickly establish
himself in the Hurricanes club.”