Hurricanes sign player named after Morne du Plessis

Cape Town - The Hurricanes have added two more players for the next two seasons after the signing of prop Fraser Armstrong and back-row Du'Plessis Kirifi.

Armstrong, 26, was part of the Hurricanes in 2018 and has agreed to a two-year extension at the club after impressing in his rookie season when he made eight appearances.

Kirifi, 21, had a breakthrough year for the Wellington Lions as they won the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup championship and has continued that excellent form at the start of the 2018 season.

Of Samoan descent, Kirifi was named after former Springbok No 8 Morne du Plessis.

He trained with the Hurricanes as injury cover during the 2018 Super Rugby competition when his work was well and truly noticed.

Armstrong said he grew up loving the Hurricanes and was looking forward to extending his time with the club.

“I have felt my game is continuing to develop at the club and I’m getting to at a point where I can really challenge for a spot in the playing squad," he told the Hurricanes website.

Kirifi was equally delighted to sign, saying: “The opportunity to be part of this club is one I’m extremely grateful for."

"I’ve wanted to pull the Hurricanes' jersey on for as long as I remember. Its a huge privilege and I’m extremely fortunate I get the chance to contribute to the club’s legacy."