Highlanders confirm signing of All Blacks winger

    2020-05-13 07:26

    The Highlanders on Wednesday confirmed the signing of All Black winger Nehe Milner-Skudder.

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    The 29-year-old will join the Dunedin-based outfit on Monday as he continues to rehabilitate his injured shoulder with a view to getting back on the field this year.

    The 13-Test All Black signed for French outfit Toulon last year, but didn't make an appearance as the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the Top 14.

    Milner-Skudder, who has battled shoulder injuries in recent years, played 35 matches for the Hurricanes between 2015-2019.

    "We are excited to welcome Nehe and Hanna to the Highlanders family. A player of Nehe's calibre and his level of professionalism is going to add great value to the team," Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said via a statement published on the Highlanders' official website.

    Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger added: "This was a great opportunity to include a player with his experience into our squad. His style of play suits the way the Highlanders play the game, especially under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium, and we look forward to welcoming him into the team.”

    Milner-Skudder also commented: "I've heard some unreal things about the club and the culture at the Highlanders. I'm really looking forward to the move to Dunedin and embracing everything it has to offer. I'm excited for this new opportunity and can't wait to get into some 'mahi' with the boys and lace up the boots for the Highlanders."

    The Highlanders are due to host the Chiefs on the opening day of New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament on 13 June (07:05 SA time).

    They were struggling in this year's Super Rugby tournament when play was halted, having won a single match from their six played, and were rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand Conference and 11th in the Overall standings.

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