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Umaga, Tito, Fa'atau, Andrews farewell Hurricanes

Thursday, May 3, 2007    Steven White - Hurricanes    

Tana Umaga, Paul Tito, Lome Fa’atau and Luke Andrews will all be farewelled after all giving stellar service for the team and Hurricanes region.

The four bring over 300 combined Hurricanes caps to Westpac Stadium for the last time, with former Hurricanes and All Blacks captain Tana Umaga bowing out after this, his 122nd appearance for the side.

Umaga has been with the team since the start of Super 12 rugby in 1996, having scored 47 tries and set up countless more in a memorable career. The grandmaster of rugby backlines will retire from all rugby at the end of the year after a final campaign with the Vodafone Wellington Lions where it all started for him back in 1994.

Former New Zealand U21s and New Zealand Maori captain Tito made his Hurricanes debut in 2000 after a year with the Chiefs in 1999, and his 84th Hurricanes cap against the Waratahs makes him the third most capped Hurricane behind Umaga and Christian Cullen (85 caps). He also played his 100th match for Taranaki last year.

Andrews, who brought up his 50th game for the side against the Reds in round one, started with the Hurricanes in 2002, transferring north from Otago via Southland at the end of 2001. A 1999 New Zealand Sevens representative, Andrews attained a degree in Zoology from Otago University during his time there.

Recognisable by his traditional tattooing (pe’a) and express pace, right wing Fa’atau has played 43 times for the Hurricanes before this evening between 2002-2003 and 2005-2007 and had a season with the Chiefs in 2004. One of the best finishers in the game, Fa’atau appeared in four consecutive Super rugby semi-finals for both franchises between 2003-2006, and has 31 test caps for Samoa and the Pacific Islands.