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High Performance Programme

The John Jones Steel High Performance Programme was established in 2020 with the goal to ensure we identify and keep our local-based talent in the region and also to attract talent from outside the region to help fast track their development to become Highlanders. 

We have a three-step development pyramid of Learn, To Earn, The Opportunity. That we rely on to help develop good Highlanders on the field but also better Highlander Men off it.

Learn: The foundation of our performance PYRAMID is how well we learn to perform consistently - firstly as individuals, then as a team.

To Earn: On a day-to-day basis, on and off the field, perform to a level that earns the right to represent.

The Opportunity: Only a lucky few get to represent us each week.. They will have earned it.

John Jones Steel is one of the largest and most advanced structural steel fabricating enterprises in New Zealand. Frank and his team at John Jones Steel are proud to back the boys coming through the Highlanders High Performance Programme. Their support not only allows the Highlanders to identify the best local talent and attract players to our region, it also helps us create a world class programme to develop these young players.



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Frank van Schaijik, John Jones Steel Managing Director, pictured with (left to right) Noah Hotham, Saula Mau, Fabian Holland and Sean Withy at the Highlanders High Performance launch.

Sean Withy

Position: Loose Forward

Born: 01.02.2001

Height: 189cm

Weight: 104kgs

School: Southland Boys

Club: University

Hobbies: Golf, Cards, Hunting/Fishing


Noah Hotham

Position: Halfback

Born: 23.05.2003

Height: 181cm

Weight: 90kgs

School: Hamilton BHS

Club: Alhambra Union RFC

Hobbies: Touch


Fabian Holland

Position: Lock

Born: 09.10.2002

Height: 204cm

Weight: 116kgs

School: Christchurch BHS

Club: Dunedin Sharks

Hobbies: Fishing, Surfing, Being in nature


Saula Ma'u

Position: Prop

Born: 29.04.2000

Height: 194cm

Weight: 139kgs

School: Auckland Grammer

Club: Harbour RFC

Hobbies: Gaming, Movies