South African lock Andries Ferreira has joined the Hurricanes squad for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.
The 28-year-old has been in New Zealand since Saturday and had a run with the side at training on Sunday.
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Ferreira replaces Sam Lousi who suffered a season ending pectoral muscle injury before the start of the season.
The former Cheetahs second-rower also had a stint with the Lions and in France with Toulon.
Coach John Plumtree is delighted to add such a talented player to his forward stocks.
"I've got a lot of respect for the way Andries plays and approaches the game and we believe he is going to be a great asset to the squad," he said.
"We have been really happy with the work of our young guys in the first three games and we think Andries will bring some real experience and help develop the guys around him.
"It's really bad luck for Sam who is a really important member of our squad and we are grateful he is still around to contribute off the field."
Plumtree confirmed Ferreira would be available for selection for Friday night's match against the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.
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