Whitelock and Squire join Highlanders for Super Rugby

Luke Whitelock will play for the Highlanders next season

Super Rugby champions the Highlanders have signed Luke Whitelock (Canterbury and Crusaders) and Liam Squire (Tasman and Chiefs) on one year contracts for next year.

Whitelock, an All Black in 2013 has played 50 Super Rugby games and will help to add further depth to the Highlanders loose forward stocks after the departures of Nasi Manu and John Hardie.

Squire has played for the Chiefs over the last two seasons, although his appearances were limited this season due to injury.

He has played a significant role in the success of the Tasman team over the last few ITM Cup seasons as a strong ball carrier who can breach defences.

Highlanders Head Coach, Jamie Joseph added, “we are delighted to have secured Liam’s and Luke’s services, we were looking for a strong ball carrying eight who would suit our style of play and we believe Liam fits that description.

“Luke’s Super Rugby experience and versatility will be a real asset to our group, we’re looking forward to having him join the Highlanders.”

Whitelock commented that he was, “looking forward to coming down to Dunedin and being with the Highlanders next year. I have heard a lot of great things about the culture that has been developed down there.

Squire also commented that he was, “looking forward to getting down there, getting to know everyone and seeing what Dunedin is all about”.

Liam Squire
Height 1.96m
Weight 113kg
Born 20/03/1991
Position No 8
Club Marist
Provincial Team Tasman
Provincial Debut 2011
Provincial Caps 28
Super Rugby Debut 2014 v Highlanders (Chiefs)
Super Caps 14

Luke Whitelock
Height 1.94m
Weight 112kg
Born 29/01/1991
Position Loose Forward
Club Canterbury
Provincial Team Canterbury
Provincial Debut 2011 v Wellington
Provincial Caps 34
Super Rugby Debut 2012 v Chiefs (Crusaders)
Super Caps 50
Test Rugby Debut 2013 v Japan
Test Caps 1

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