Rugby

Highlanders name S15 squad

2014-10-29 10:08
Jamie Joseph (Gallo Images)
Dunedin - The Highlanders have announced their squad for next year's Super Rugby competition.

According to the Highlanders' official website, the squad of 38 is made up of 32 players on full contract and also six players in the wider training group.

Twenty-two players are returning from the 2014 season. The front row has been reinforced with the additions of props Pingi Tala’apitaga (Bay of Plenty), Ross Geldenhuys (Tasman), Josh Hohneck (Waikato), Brendon Edmonds (Hawke’s Bay) and hooker Ash Dixon (Hawke’s Bay). Alex Ainley (Tasman) and Mark Reddish (Wellington) have been added to the lock stocks and loose forward Dan Pryor (Northland) rounds out the new forwards.

Waisake Naholo (Taranaki) and Marty Banks (Tasman) are the only new players in the backs and both had stand-out ITM Cup seasons.

The wider training group includes five Otago players in Lee Allan, Sam Anderson-Heather, Joe Latta, Josh Renton and Tei Walden, and also Ryan Tongia (Hawke’s Bay).

Highlanders coach, Jamie Joseph, commented that new players would all contribute positively to the environment. “All these guys have great character and will add value to the team. I am happy with the balance and depth of the 2015 squad.”

The Highlanders begin their season with a home match in Round 2 at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday, February 21 against the Crusaders after a bye in Round 1.

Highlanders squad:

Forwards
Kane Hames, Pingi Tala’apitaga, Ma’afu Fia, Ross Geldenhuys, Josh Hohneck, Brendon Edmonds, Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Tom Franklin, Joe Wheeler, Alex Ainley, Mark Reddish, Dan Pryor, Gareth Evans, John Hardie, Shane Christie, Nasi Manu, Elliot Dixon

Backs
Aaron Smith, Fumiaki Tanaka, Marty Banks, Lima Sopoaga, Hayden Parker, Trent Renata, Shaun Treeby, Jason Emery, Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo, Patrick Osborne, Ben Smith, Kurt Baker

Wider training group
Sam Anderson-Heather, Joe Latta, Lee Allan, Josh Renton, Tei Walden, Ryan Tongia

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