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. 2018 was a great season for Thompson who played 16 games for the side, scoring three times and having a sound defensive game throughout the campaign. Thompson also earnt another northern tour with the Māori All Black side which won all three matches.
Previous Clubs/Provinces: Canterbury 2013-17, Manawatu 2017-