All Black and Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire has inked a two year deal with Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

He will join the club later in the year.  Originally from Manawatu , Squire headed South in 2016 to  join the Highlanders after two seasons with the Chiefs with a reputation as a bruising defender and hard running attacker. He represented the Maori All Blacks in 2013 against Canada and after some outstanding Super Rugby form he made his All Black debut in June 2016 coming off the bench against Wales , replacing Highlanders team mate Elliot Dixon.

He has played 23 matches (4 tries)  for the All Blacks and 44 Super rugby games including 30 (9 Tries) for the Highlanders. He was joined in the All Blacks over the last few seasons by fellow Highlanders loose forwards Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt and Tasman team mate Shannon Frizell.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "Liam has grown into an outstanding rugby player since coming into the All Blacks in 2016 and we again look forward to seeing how he goes this year. His physicality, pace and skills are a real point of difference and he's a really well-rounded player. We wish him all the best for his Japanese adventure next year."

At 1.96m and 115kg and with a distinctive mullet hairstyle Squire normally made a big impression in any game he was involved with. Pulse Energy Highlanders Head Coach Aaron Mauger is an admirer of his style of play,  ” Liam gives 100% every time he takes the field, he inspires his team with his fearless approach and has a unique ability to swing momentum in game with his physicality. We look forward to helping Liam achieve the high standards he is capable of in his last season with us and we wish him well for the future”

Squire himself is excited about the shift to Japan “ It seems like the right time to go. I have really loved my time in New Zealand with the Tasman Makos and in particular down here with the Highlanders,  it’s a club that gave me a chance and I appreciate the support I have had in the South. I am certainly keen to have a really good last season with the guys.”

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