The Pulse Energy Highlanders will partner with Japanese Top League club, the Mitsubishi Dynaboars, over the next two years. The agreement will enable the Highlanders’ to support the Dynaboars as they manage their return to the Japanese Top League. 

The Highlanders will provide assistance to the Dynaboars management and coaching staff. The Dynaboars current Head Coach is Greg Cooper who has a strong connection with the Highlanders having coached the team between 2004–2007. He is assisted by Carl Hoeft who played 98 games for the Highlanders from 1997-2005.

CEO Roger Clark sees real value in the connection, “Japanese rugby has grown significantly in recent years and no doubt will continue to strengthen post the RWC. We view this agreement as a great strategic opportunity for both the Highlanders and Mitsubishi as we move forward in an ever-changing rugby landscape.”

Mitsubishi Dynaboars General Manager Mr.Ishii said, “We are delighted to enter into this rugby partnership contract with a Super Rugby Club like the Highlanders. We have recently achieved promotion to the Top League after 12 seasons. However, we believe that it is important for us to be as professional as possible in the coaching and managing of our rugby to advance our team. Through this partnership with the Highlanders we are going to move our team toward achieving our team philosophy, ‘Through rugby, we share our dream and vision with all our people’.”


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