Captain Hurricane is the Hurricanes' mascot and the team's most ardent supporter. He was selected for this demanding role back in 1998, after a mascot hunt involving school children throughout the region.
Captain Hurricane loves his job - wherever the Hurricanes need support, he'll be there. He attends every home game, and often appears at shopping malls, at schools, in the Hurricane Zone and all over the Hurricanes region.
His efforts have won him a strong following among Hurricanes fans and the respect of the Hurricanes players. What's more, his trademark salute is recognised by rugby followers throughout the world.
Captain Hurricane gets more and more busy every year, so the Hurricanes built him his own plane to travel in. It's called the Hurriplane and it's design is based on a Hurricane fighter aircraft from World War II. It has a cannon that fires rugby balls into the crowd at each game.
The Hurriplane has its own special hangar and you can see it at all Hurricanes home games during the season. In January this year, the poor Captain's Hurriplane was stolen just after the preseason game in Wanganui. Luckily with the help of some nice people, the plane was recovered and repaired in time for the first home game against the Blues. It took over 6 months to build the custom built plane for the Hurricanes and even some more time to repair the damage left by the vandal. But check out the pics below to see how it was all done, with the help of the Captain's personal design and manufactures of the Hurriplane.