Heiden Bedwell-Curtis gets his first chance at Super Rugby in 2017 for the BNZ Crusaders, despite being in and out of the Hurricanes Wider Training Group over recent years.
Bedwell-Curtis grew up in the eastern Taranaki farming community of Whangamomona and came through New Plymouth Boys' High School where he made the first XV for three years between 2007 and 2009.
He made his ITM Cup debut for Taranaki in 2012, and also captained the Taranaki sevens side to its first national title in more than 30 years.
Bedwell-Curtis moved to Manawatu in 2013, helping the team to the ITM Cup Championship in 2014. He will captain the team in 2017, stepping up from vice-captain in 2016.
He has also represented his country both as part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the IRB Junior WOrld Championship in 2011, and as a Maori All Black in 2015 (He missed the 2016 squad due to a fractured hip).