14 Jan 2015

Thrushy off to England

12:50 pm on 14 January 2015

The Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush has joined the growing list of All Blacks heading overseas after this year's Rugby World Cup.

Wellington's All Black Jeremy Thrush cuts a dejected figure after the Lions' third straight loss

The Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 29-year-old has inked a deal with English Premiership club Gloucester, who announced the signing through a statement.

Gloucester did not give a contract length or financial terms.

Capped 11 times by the All Blacks, the 29-year-old will arrive at Kingsholm after the World Cup in October.

The Auckland-born lock has played 95 times for Hurricanes in Super Rugby, scoring nine tries.

"Signing a player of Jeremy's ability further highlights Gloucester's ambition to compete with the best clubs in Europe," said boss David Humphreys.

"He has been a stand-out performer in Super Rugby over a number of seasons, and the experience he has gained being part of a successful All Blacks squad will be a key element in establishing Gloucester as one of the dominant forward packs in England."

Thrush made his international debut in June 2013, coming off the bench against France in Auckland, and went on to earn five Test caps in his debut year.

Gloucester did not give a contract length or financial terms.

Thrush is expected to be part of the All Blacks squad defending the World Cup trophy in England.

He played against the United States and Scotland on the northern hemisphere tour in November.

Thrush captained the Hurricanes Super Rugby side at times last year, and will turn 30 in April.

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