MEDIA RELEASE – 4 FEBRUARY 2016
The Pulse Energy Highlanders will begin their 2016 preseason campaign on Saturday 6th February in Hong Kong when they context the Natixis Cup against the Racing 92. The game is being played at Sui Sai Wan Stadium in Hong Kong kicking-off at 5.00pm local time (10.00pm NZT) and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 2 from 9.55pm.
The first hit-out of the year will see the twenty-eight players named with new signing, Liam Squire starting at No 8 in his first game for the Highlanders and local player, Matt Faddes, running out as full back.
Pulse Energy Highlanders v Racing 92, Sui Sai Wan Stadium, Hong Kong, Sat 6th February, 5.00pm (local time)
1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
2. Ash Dixon
3. Josh Hohneck
4. Tom Franklin
5. Joe Wheeler
6. Elliot Dixon
7. Shane Christie (C)
8. Liam Squire
9. Josh Renton
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Richard Buckman
13. Jason Emery
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Matt Faddes
16. Greg Pleasants-Tate
17. Brendon Edmonds
18. Siosiua Halanukonuka
19. Jackson Hemopo
20. Sio Tomkinson
21. Liam Howley
22. Malakai Fekitoa
23. Tei Walden
24. Ryan Tongia
25. Marty Banks
26. Luke Whitelock
27. James Lentjes
28. Mark Reddish
Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan
MEDIA RELEASE - 20 January
Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO Roger Clark today announced that Head Coach Jamie Joseph has signed to coach Japan. “Obviously we have mixed emotions about Jamie moving on; we would have liked him to sign a new contract with our organization, however we understand his reasons for signing with Japan. After six seasons coaching in Super Rugby the new challenge of international rugby and the opportunity to coach the host nation at a World Cup proved to be too enticing. We couldn’t have asked any more of Jamie over the last five years; he has put his heart and soul into this club and delivered a championship.”
Joseph will take up the reins in Japan at the completion of the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season. “The timing of the announcement is not ideal but it clears up all the speculation of the last few weeks and I know Jamie well enough to know that he will continue to give everything he has to the Highlanders until that final whistle blows. That’s just who he is, so we have no concerns as a club on that front” Clark added.
The search for a new head coach will begin in earnest as soon as possible, Clark commented “clearly in conjunction with the NZRU we will be mapping out a timeline for the appointment of a new head coach. It will be a thorough process and we will ensure the right person is appointed to lead the Highlanders through our next phase.”
Joseph, who has strong ties to Japan having played for the national side at the 1999 World Cup and played and coached for Sannix said the decision to leave the Highlanders was not an easy one.
“The decision to move on from the Highlanders was the toughest decision I have ever had to make in my coaching career. The club, the players and the people I have worked with over the last five years mean a great deal to me and the thought of that coming to an end is tough. I take great pride in what this club and all the people within it have been able to achieve in a relatively short time. I will always be extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been involved with the club and, no matter which teams I am coaching in the future, the Highlanders will always hold a special place in my heart. In a coaching career though you have to keep looking for the next challenge, so you can grow and get better as a coach; for me the challenge of the next few years with Japan is what I need to keep moving forward. International rugby is completely different from coaching at Super Rugby level and brings with it a whole new set of challenges which I am keen to tackle. While I am looking forward to Japan, for now my focus is still with the Highlanders and ensuring we can build on last year’s success”
Farmlands EXCLUSIVE presale starts today! Check out the image below for details.
Highlanders Members presale starts Monday 18th Feb, keep an eye on your email for details on how to purchase (online only).
Limited tickets available so make sure you get in quick!
Public Sale starts Monday 1 February online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz/highlanders
Eftpos Specialists is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with the reigning Super Rugby Champions, the Pulse Energy Highlanders. From the 2016 Super Rugby season Eftpos Specialists will be the official Payments and Eftpos Partner of the Highlanders, as they look to win back to back titles.
Both Eftpos Specialists and the Highlanders are Dunedin born and bred, with both organisations displaying the passion, attitudes, and beliefs that are so strongly associated with the South Island of New Zealand.
Eftpos Specialists is a nationwide provider of Eftpos and payment solutions with local franchises spread throughout New Zealand offering local service to local businesses.
“The core values and attitude of the Highlanders appealed to Eftpos Specialists; both organisations are proud to call Dunedin home and both have fans and customers spread throughout the country.” Eftpos Specialists Chief Executive Officer Matthew Hawtin said “We are looking forward to working with the Highlanders in communities throughout New Zealand to raise the profile of both of our organisations”.
Highlanders Commercial Manager Mike Kerr said “We are thrilled to welcome Eftpos Specialists to the team. A local business success story that operates throughout our region and we are delighted to have them backing us in 2016”.