James Mortimer 09.Aug.2012Getty Images
Not only does Taranaki hold the famous Log o’Wood, but were a title challenger during the ITM Cup season last year, and these performances have been rewarded with some impressive numbers through the gates so far.
Two Shield challenges, against King Country at Inglewood and Wanganui at Yarrow Stadium, have seen a combined 14,000 fans watch their team, while their recent defence saw junior players from all around the region at the game in one of many new initiatives launched by the Taranaki Rugby Union for this season.
Hore, who has been part of Taranaki since 2001, hasn’t played many matches for his beloved province of late, featuring just seven times in the last five years as the Dunedin born rake has been an incumbent All Black.
He told the Taranaki Daily News he hoped to contribute where he could.
“I'm pretty pleased to be back playing for Taranaki,” he said.
“It's where everything started for me. I'll be there as much as I can to help the boys out with the ITM Cup and playing for the Ranfurly Shield.”
Hore has still managed to notch up 62 appearances for Taranaki, and coach Colin Cooper felt there was ample chance the experienced hooker would play.
"It's good to be able to have him with us again," Cooper said.
"There are a couple of windows of opportunity when he could play and he would bring a lot of experience. He wants to be with us and he is the type of player who, if he gets the opportunity to play, he'll play."