Rob Thompson joins the Highlanders in 2016 after an explosive 2015 ITM campaign for Canterbury where he stood out as one of the form backs throughout the competition. Thompson, is an exciting player who debuted for Canterbury in 2013 and after a solid year earned a wider training group contract with the Crusaders leading to his Super Rugby debut against the Blues in 2014. He is a powerful runner, who has the strength to play in the midfield and the speed to play in the outside backs, Thompson will provide versatility and depth to the Highlanders midfield stocks. Rob got a lot of game time in 2016 due to the early exit from Super Rugby of Richard Buckman due to injury. He is a talented young player who will be looking to cement his position in the middle of the Highlanders backline.