Thomson inks new 'Canes deal
There'll be plenty more opportunities for Blade Thomson to gallop down the sideline of Westpac Stadium in the near future.
The 23-year-old has signed on with the Hurricanes for a further two seasons, following a stand-out, two-try performance in his team's 16-9 victory over the Crusaders last weekend.
The Taranaki forward said he had learnt a lot over the past two seasons, and looked forward to learning a whole lot more under the new coaching team set to come on board for the 2015 season.
"There's such an awesome team environment within the Hurricanes at the moment, and it's one that promotes professionalism and is pushing so hard to win a championship," said Thomson.
"It's a set-up I want to be involved in because I know it will push me as a player and get the best out of me."
Since joining the Hurricanes' wider training group in 2012, Thomson has gained 13 caps and scored three tries for the side - two of those coming in last week's win.
Hurricanes Chief Executive James Te Puni said Thomson was another great product to come out of a fantastic rugby school and province, in Gisborne Boys' High School and Poverty Bay.
"It's great to have seen Blade come into his own over the past couple of seasons.
"I think his performance last weekend really highlighted the outstanding potential this young guy has, and we're thrilled to have him with us for another two seasons."