Highlanders boost forward pack for 2015 season

The Highlanders have bolstered their forward stocks for the 2015 Super Rugby season by signing seven players to reinforce their forward pack.

Props Brendon Edmonds , Ross Geldenhuys, Josh Hohneck and Pingi Tala’apitaga will provide much needed depth in the front after injuries and suspensions tested the Highlanders in 2014 while both Ash Dixon and Mark Reddish will come in with 100 games of ITM cup experience and six seasons of Super Rugby with the Hurricanes between them.

Highlanders Head Coach, Jamie Joseph said, “one of the learnings that came out of last season was the pressure we received at set piece in the final stages of the competition. “

“We have selected players with that in mind and who we think can improve our team in that area. All players have a real desire to be part of the highlanders which is exciting for them and for us as we welcome them on board.”

General Manager, Roger Clark, added, “I’m really excited to see what the new recruits can bring to our environment. “

“In saying that, we’ve still got a few positions to go and I know the coaches will be keeping a close eye on the second half of the ITM cup to finalise those last positions”.

Brendon Edmonds
28/11/1990 (age 23)
1.83m, 119kg
ITM Cup: Hawkes Bay (31 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2014)

Ross Geldenhuys
19/04/1983 (age 31)
1.88m, 120kg
ITM Cup: Tasman (7 caps)
Other teams: Eastern Province Kings (Currie Cup)

Dan Pryor
14/04/1988 (age 26)
Loose Forward
1.90m, 104kg
ITM Cup: Northland (43 caps)
Other teams: Blues (2012)

Ash Dixon
01/09/1988 (age 26)
1.82m, 103kg
ITM Cup: Hawkes Bay (49 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2013-2014)
Maori All Blacks (2014)

Mark Reddish
03/03/1985 (age 29)
1.96m, 112kg
ITM Cup: Wellington (51 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2011-14)

Pingi Tala’apitaga
24/02/1987 (age 27)
1.87m, 120kg
ITM Cup: Bay of Plenty (24 caps)

Josh Hohneck
06/02/1986 (age 28)
1.90m, 118kg
ITM Cup: Waikato (17 Caps)
Other teams: Chiefs (2012-14)

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