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Sevens flyer Lam joins Hurricanes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/10/2016

Ben Lam of New Zealand © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Ben Lam of New Zealand All Blacks Sevens gun Ben Lam has joined Super Rugby outfit the Hurricanes on a two-year deal.

Lam, 25, has been a regular on the wing for the rugby sevens outfit since his debut in 2012 but missed the Rio Olympics through a serious knee injury.

He has also made six appearances for the Blues in 2012 and 2015 but missed the entire 2016 campaign due to his knee complaint.

Lam is expected to be fit in time for the start of the Wellington-based club's Super Rugby title defence.

"The Hurricanes are the current Super Rugby champions and have been in the final for the past two seasons, so you can see they're building something special," the 194cm Lam said.

"I see this move as a great opportunity to develop my game and also as a fresh start for my 15s career."

Lam, who hails from Auckland, has also won a Commonwealth Games silver with New Zealand Sevens in 2014.

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said Lam was one of the most dangerous sevens players in the world before his injury.

He and backs coach Jason Holland couldn't wait to see Lam in the yellow and black jersey.

"Ben is a big, strong and quick wing and he's shown in sevens and fifteens that he's a genuine finisher," Holland said.

"He's going to add some real competition in our back three."

Lam will join fellow new recruits Jordie Barrett, Reed Prinsep and Sam Lousi at the club next year.

The quartet will look to fill the void for departing veteran Victor Vito, as well as backs Jason Woodward and James Marshall.

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