Gareth Evans returns to the deep south after leaving Dunedin at the end of 2017 for the Hurricanes.
His move north proved to work a treat after being selected in the All Blacks in his first season, making his debut against Japan. The robust loose forward adds some needed experience to a youthful but exciting forward pack.
He will join his brother, Bryn, in this season's Highlander's Squad. Gareth will return to Napier and play for his beloved Hawkes Bay during the Bunnings NPC season.