Osborne re-commits to Highlanders

    2016-05-24 22:28
    Patrick Osborne of the Highlanders looks to off-load (Getty Images)

    Cape Town - Highlanders wing has re-signed with the Dunedin outfit that sees him remain at the Super Rugby franchise until the end of the 2017 season.

    The exciting wing has played 47 games for the Highlanders since his debut in 2014 and has formed a lethal partnership with fellow Fijian Waisake Naholo. 

    Osborne will play for Japan club Kubota Spears later this year before returning to Dunedin for the 2017 Super Rugby season. 

    He has made himself available for the Fiji national team in the June international window.

    "Clearly we are delighted the Pat has committed to the team again, he very much represents who we are, and how we want to play as a club." Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said to the official Highlanders website. 

    "He has been a great ambassador for rugby in New Zealand, has inspired many young Highlanders and Canterbury fans and we fully support his pursuit of an international career."

    Having formerly played for the Crusaders and Chiefs Osborne has enjoyed his time in the deep South. 

    He explained that his decision to sign in Japan and play for Fiji was about family and the pride of playing for his country 

    "My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Dunedin, in the Highlanders’ environment and are happy to recommit for 2017," said Osborne.

    "I have been honoured to spend time in the All Black’s environment but am very proud of where I come from and have decided to commit myself to the Fijian team it’s an exciting new challenge that my family and I are looking forward to."

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