Three more sign with Highlanders for SuperRugby

Dunedin based Super Rugby franchise the Highlanders have announced that they have signed three more players this week for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Experienced Tasman Lock Alex Ainley, competition leading point’s scorer Marty Banks and explosive Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo.

Ainley has had a strong season with the Makos after returning to ITM Cup rugby in 2013 after three seasons with the Mitsubishi Dynabours in Japan.

Ainley is a hardworking lock who has been in the engine room of a successful forward pack this season.

Head Coach, Jamie Joseph added that the Highlanders coaching team were looking for players, “who could contribute to the environment as well as on the field.”

“All these guys have great character and will add value to the team. Ainley’s experience and uncompromising play will be a great asset up front and Naholo and Banks will help round out backline stocks,” added Joseph.

Ainley and Banks will also join Makos teammates Shane Christie, Joe Wheeler and previously announced Ross Geldenhuys.

Banks comes in as a first-five with a solid boot and 145 points so far in the ITM Cup. Naholo has also had a standout ITM cup season, making over 700 metres and scoring some highlight-reel worthy tries.

Naholo has been released from his contract with the Blues to head South to the Highlanders next season.

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