'He does train it' - Jordie Barrett on Ngani Laumape's stunning cross field kick

Just as you thought the Hurricanes' firepower in the backline couldn't get any better, add cross-field kicking to the resume of the midfielders and wingers.

Utility Hurricanes back Jordie Barrett revealed that Ngani Laumape's cross field kick in the final minutes of the match against the Blues, which led to Matt Proctor's try was a planned and rehearsed move.

"The reason I called it is because I saw that Ngani (Laumape) was there and he does train it," said Barrett.

"I trust in his cool that he could have executed, so we do train it.

"Not just the 10s and 15s, the midfielders, even wingers jump in there because you never know who needs to step up at any time."

The Hurricanes host the Queensland Reds this Friday night at Westpac Stadium.

Barrett revealed to media that the Hurricanes have kicking threats right across their backline. Source: 1 NEWS


'No NZ team wants to be the team that finally falls' - Hurricanes coach on trans-Tasman winning streak

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd admitted he hasn't thought about the 39 game winning streak New Zealand Super Rugby sides have over their trans-Tasman rivals Australia, but said he would be disappointed if his team was the first to break it.

The Canes take on the Queensland Reds this Friday in Wellington, with the black and yellow team on a hot run of nine straight wins.

"No New Zealand team wants to be the team that finally falls, so any of those streaks always carries a bit of psychological stuff in the background," said Boyd.

"But certainly we haven't focussed on it, don't think we have even talked about it."

Peter Umaga Jensen of Wellington makes a break during a Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 25, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Credit: Joe Allison / www.Photosport.nz
Peter Umaga Jensen of Wellington makes a break during a Mitre 10 Competition match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Source: Photosport

Peter Umaga-Jensen will be making his debut for the Hurricanes named to play at No.12, he replaces Ngani Laumape who has been rested as part of the All Blacks' quota.

The Hurricanes sit second in the New Zealand Super Rugby conference ladder, one point behind leaders the Crusaders.

New Zealand Super Rugby sides now have a 39-game winning streak against Aussie Super Rugby sides. Source: 1 NEWS



Leon MacDonald looking forward to 'challenge' of turning around battling Blues

The Blues confirmed today that former All Blacks fullback and Tasman Makos coach Leon MacDonald will join the Auckland Super Rugby side as an assistant coach in 2019.

MacDonald has been with Tasman for the last eight years in the NPC as both an assistant and head coach, and has a helped coach the New Zealand under 20s in the past.

The 40-year-old said he looks forward to trying to turn things around for the struggling Blues.

"I suppose that is part of the attraction, it's an exciting challenge for me," said MacDonald.

The Blues announced today that Umaga will stay on till the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season. Source: 1 NEWS

"Everyone can see there is talent in the group and good young players, it's a young group."

Working with the younger crop in the Auckland side's squad is something MacDonald is looking forward helping out with.

"I really enjoyed coaching the New Zealand under 20s and working with these younger players was brilliant.

"And there is a lot of these young guys coming through into Super Rugby, I just see a lot of opportunity and I am at that point of my career now where it’s time to really challenge myself and this is a great opportunity for me."

The former All Blacks fullback will link up with Tana Umaga next year to coach the Blues. Source: 1 NEWS