Ryan Cocker has spent the past three seasons playing for Taranaki in New Zealand’s ITM Cup, as well as being involved in the Chiefs’development side. He has played a pivotal role in Taranaki’s success in the last three campaigns, featuring as they won the 2014 ITM Cup Premiership against Tasman to become the first team from outside New Zealand’s five Super Rugby base cities to win the competition since 1980. The New Plymouth-born prop will join returning tighthead specialists Toby Smith, Laurie Weeks and Tim Metcher.