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. The past two seasons have been solid for the Manawatu Midfielder who has started over 80% of those Super Rugby fixtures. Thompson also earnt another campaign with the Māori All Black where he was also a standout performer.
Previous Clubs/Provinces: Canterbury 2013-17, Manawatu 2017-