Mitch Hunt, a product of Nelson College, moved north to study engineering at the University of Auckland where he was selected, alongside current All Blacks Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown and George Bridge for the NZ U20 World Championship team which won the title in Italy. He made his debut for the Auckland ITM Cup team in the same year. In 2016 he was selected in the Crusaders squad and shifted back to the Tasman region for the Mitre Ten Cup that season.
"I can’t wait to get to work with my new team-mates, coaches and supporters of the Highlanders. I’m excited to learn, work hard and play for a great club”.