Andrew Makalio joins the Highlanders after five successful seasons with the Crusaders. After just one full season and 11 appearances at provincial level, Makalio was handed a Super Rugby contract by the Crusaders ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season showing his talents as a 24-year-old.
The Auckland born Hooker possesses a wealth of experience and will provide healthy competition to fellow squad members, Liam Coltman and Rhys Marshall.
Known for his explosive ball running and powerful defensive efforts he brings another dynamic to the youthful Highlanders front row.
Makalio plays his Bunnings NPC rugby for Tasman alongside many current squad members and coaching staff.