Twin brother of Peter, Thomas Umaga-Jensen came to the Highlanders in 2017 for a change of scene in the wider training group. Umaga-Jensen then joined the University Rugby Club side in the Dunedin premier competition for some impressive appearances, and now plays for Otago in the Bunnings NPC. He made his debut for the Highlanders in 2018 against the Melbourne Rebels.
Many season-ending injures have restricted fans to see the best of TUG but he has shown he has what it takes to perform on the Super Rugby stage when given the opportunity.
After another season-ending injury in 2021, Thomas will be looking to impress the coaching staff for a chance to get some regular starting time.