Pretoria - Veteran flyhalf Tony Brown has been drafted into the injury-depleted Highlanders' Vodacom Super Rugby squad and will join the team in South Africa on Tuesday.
According to the allblacks.com website
, the 36-year-old former All Black, part of the team's wider training group, was summoned from Japan as an injury replacement after Lima Sopoaga injured a shoulder in the 23-13 win over the Chiefs
on Friday night.
First choice pivot Colin Slade is sidelined after breaking his jaw in a pre-season match, leaving Robbie Robinson as the only fit No 10 in the squad.
Brown, who played 83 games for the Highlanders, has been playing rugby in Japan since 2004 and was a member of the championship-winning Sanyo team this year.
He will fly from Tokyo to join the team in Johannesburg on Tuesday and team management was confident he would be fit to face the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday (kick-off 19:10), the Otago Daily Times reported.
The Highlanders second match on their SA tour is against the Stormers at Newlands on Friday, March 11 at 19:10.