The Highlanders have announced the following players are to make the move south in 2015 to reinforce the forward pack. Props Edmonds, Geldenhuys, Hohneck and Tala’apitaga will provide much needed depth in the front after injuries and suspensions tested the Highlanders in 2014 while Dixon, Pryor and Reddish will come in with 143 games of ITM cup experience and seven seasons of Super Rugby between them.

Highlanders Head Coach, Jamie Joseph said “one of the learnings that came out of last season was the pressure we received at set piece in the final stages of the competition. We have selected players with that in mind and who we think can improve our team in that area. All players have a real desire to be part of the highlanders which is exciting for them and for us as we welcome them on board.”

General Manager, Roger Clark, added, “I’m really excited to see what the new recruits can bring to our environment. In saying that, we’ve still got a few positions to go and I know the coaches will be keeping a close eye on the second half of the ITM cup to finalise those last positions”.

Edmonds

Brendon Edmonds
28/11/1990 (age 23)
Prop
1.83m, 119kg
ITM Cup: Hawkes Bay (31 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2014)

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ‘Landers. I can’t wait to train and play for them, all I’ve heard from the Barracuda (Buckman) and GBalls (Evans) is how great the culture is down there”

– Edmonds
Geldenhuys

Ross Geldenhuys
19/04/1983 (age 31)
Prop
1.88m, 120kg
ITM Cup: Tasman (7 caps)
Other teams: Eastern Province Kings (Currie Cup)

“The Highlanders play an awesome brand of rugby which also suits my game. Shane and Wheels speak very highly of the management and team culture down South. I’m like a little boy on his birthday, I can’t wait for the season to start”

– Geldenhuys
Pryor

Dan Pryor
14/04/1988 (age 26)
Loose Forward
1.90m, 104kg
ITM Cup: Northland (43 caps)
Other teams: Blues (2012)

“I’m excited more than anything. It’s all new territory for me but really keen to get down to Dunedin and be part of the ‘Landers set up. Got some awesome players and coaches - so can’t wait”

– Pryor
Dixon

Ash Dixon
01/09/1988 (age 26)
Hooker
1.82m, 103kg
ITM Cup: Hawkes Bay (49 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2013-2014)
Maori All Blacks (2014)

“I'm really excited to be joining the Highlanders. I have heard great things about the environment and my wife and two children are looking forward to coming down South too. I'm grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to showing what value I can bring to the side”

– Dixon
Reddish

Mark Reddish
03/03/1985 (age 29)
Lock
1.96m, 112kg
ITM Cup: Wellington (51 caps)
Other teams: Hurricanes (2011-14)

“It’s a move me and my family are really excited about and looking forward to exploring Highlanders country. I’m looking forward to joining the environment and adding something to it and the jersey when I get the opportunity”

– Reddish
Pingi

Pingi Tala’apitaga
24/02/1987 (age 27)
Prop
1.87m, 120kg
ITM Cup: Bay of Plenty (24 caps)

“I’m pumped to be heading down south to contribute to what is already a hardworking and confrontational forward pack”

– Tala’apitaga
Hohneck

Josh Hohneck
06/02/1986 (age 28)
Prop
1.90m, 118kg
ITM Cup: Waikato (17 Caps)
Other teams: Chiefs (2012-14)

“I’m really excited about my move South to the Highlanders and the chance to further develop as a player. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the environment and the ‘Landers style of play is right up my alley. I can’t wait.”

– Hohneck

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