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Player Details

Position Centre/Wing
Born 6/11/1992
Height 1.85m
Weight 94kg
club University
Province Otago
Provincial Caps 34
Provincial Points 50 (10t)
Provincial Debut 2011 v North Harbour
Super Rugby Caps 16
Super Rugby Points 50 (10t)
Super Rugby Debut 2016 v Blues


Faddes, like backs coach Tony Brown, grew up in South Otago and has been playing for Otago since 2011, debuting against North Harbour. Faddes concentrated on fifteens rugby in 2015 after having had a stint with Sevens where he was called into New Zealand Sevens team in 2013 and ended up helping them to a world series win in London. Faddes has played most of his rugby at wing or fullback but made the centre position his own during the 2015 ITM cup campaign for Otago where he had a stand-out season, using his pace and strength to score a number of tries throughout the season. Faddes said when asked about joining the Highlanders, “I’m stoked to be playing for the Highlanders in 2016. It has always been a dream of mine from a young age coming from South Otago. Just really looking forward to next year’s opportunities”. Matt had a stand-out season for the Highlanders and walked away with Highlanders Rookie and Player of the year awards and has been selected for the Barbarians in their Autumn tour. His ability to play wing, fullback or centre makes him a valuable member of the team.

What is your first rugby memory?

Playing in gumboots
What is your best rugby moment to date? Winning world series with New Zealand 7's
Who is your favourite rugby player? Paul Grant
Favourite singer/band? Six60
Best advice your mother gave you? Stop feeling sorry for yourself
If you weren't a rugby player, what would you be doing? Doctor/teaching
Favourite quote Look up, get up, and never give up
What does representing the Highlanders mean to you? Coming from the area it was always a dream to play for the Highlanders and now the opportunity has come to try prove myself at this next level.
Hate being without.. My dog- Summer
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