The Highlanders will welcome Liam Squire (Tasman and Chiefs) and Luke Whitelock (Canterbury and Crusaders) to the team in 2016 (both on one year contracts). Squire has played for the Chiefs over the last two seasons, although his appearances were limited this season due to injury. He has played a significant role in the success of the Tasman team over the last few ITM Cup seasons as a strong ball carrier who can breach defences. Whitelock, an All Black in 2013 has played 50 Super Rugby games and will help to add further depth to the Highlanders loose forward stocks after the departures of Nasi Manu and John Hardie.

Highlanders Head Coach, Jamie Joseph added, ‘we are delighted to have secured Liam’s and Luke’s services, we were looking for a strong ball carrying eight who would suit our style of play and we believe Liam fits that description. Luke’s Super Rugby experience and versatility will be a real asset to our group, we’re looking forward to having him join the Highlanders.”

Whitelock commented that he was “looking forward to coming down to Dunedin and being with the Highlanders next year. I have heard a lot of great things about the culture that has been developed down there. Squire also commented that he was “looking forward to getting down there, getting to know everyone and seeing what Dunedin is all about”.


Liam Squire

Height 1.96m

Weight 113kg

Born 20/03/1991

Position No 8

Club Marist

Provincial Team Tasman

Provincial Debut 2011

Provincial Caps 28

Super Rugby Debut 2014 v Highlanders (Chiefs)

Super Caps 14


Luke Whitelock

Height 1.94m

Weight 112kg

Born 29/01/1991

Position Loose Forward

Club Canterbury

Provincial Team Canterbury

Provincial Debut 2011 v Wellington

Provincial Caps 34

Super Rugby Debut 2012 v Chiefs (Crusaders)

Super Caps 50

Test Rugby Debut 2013 v Japan

Test Caps 1



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