Highlanders add three to squad

Date published: October 21 2014

The Highlanders have added three more signings to their Super Rugby squad, including the ITM Cup’s top points scorer, Marty Banks.

The Highlanders have announced three more signings for their 2015 Super Rugby squad, including the ITM Cup’s leading poin’s scorer, Marty Banks.

Experienced Tasman Lock Alex Ainley and explosive Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo have also signed.

Ainley has had a strong season with the Makos after returning to ITM Cup rugby in 2013 after three seasons with the Mitsubishi Dynabours in Japan. Ainley is a hardworking lock who has been in the engine room of a successful forward pack this season.

Head Coach, Jamie Joseph added that the Highlanders coaching team were looking for players “who could contribute to the environment as well as on the field. All these guys have great character and will add value to the team. Ainley’s experience and uncompromising play will be a great asset up front and Naholo and Banks will help round out backline stocks.”

Ainley and Banks will also join Makos teammates Shane Christie, Joe Wheeler and previously announced Ross Geldenhuys.

Former Hurricane Banks comes in as a fly-half with a solid boot and 145 points so far in the ITM Cup. Naholo has also had a standout ITM cup season, making over 700 metres and scoring some highlight-reel worthy tries.

Naholo has been released from his contract with the Blues to head South to the Highlanders next season.

The final selections will be released on Wednesday 29th October when full squads are announced for the 2015 Super Rugby season.