The Hurricanes have announced the signing of utility back Ruben Love for the next three years.
The 19 year-old attended Palmerston North Boys High School, representing the First XV while also being included in the New Zealand Secondary Schools squad.
After graduating in 2019, Love was pulled straight into the Wellington Lions set-up, scoring a try on debut against Bay Of Plenty.
“It has been a massive step up from schoolboy and club rugby in all facets of the game, but having the support of the boys and coaches made it an effective environment to grow and develop as a person and a player.
“Scoring that try was a surreal moment for me and my family. Playing at Sky Stadium was always a dream of mine as a kid and I just wanted all my family and friends from back home in Palmerston North to be proud of me. It was for them.”
“He is an awesome young man and as a school and as a 1st XV community, we are massively proud of what he has achieved,” said Love’s former high school coach Blair Van Stipriaan. “His former teammates will all say to you that none of this is unexpected. He has worked hard to get to where he is and will not rest on his laurels and his signing will be a trigger for him to work harder still.”