Naholo not yet ready to return

Date published: April 19 2016

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo will remain on the sidelines for at least the next fortnight as his return is taking longer than expected.

The 24-year-old, who helped his franchise win the Super Rugby title last season, has been out since their opening round defeat to the Blues.

He suffered a fracture to his leg and in an update given by assistant coach Tony Brown, it seems the finisher needs more time to recover.

“We haven’t really made a plan for Waisake yet. We’re getting him back running, he’s doing that at the moment. Once he can take a bit of contact we’ll make a plan for him,” Brown told ahead of this week’s clash with the Sharks.

The Highlanders suffered a shock loss to the Reds in their most recent fixture but Brown has been happy with the outside backs who have filled in during Naholo’s absence, such as Matt Faddes, Ryan Tongia and Jack Wilson.

“It’s a positive for us that those guys are standing up, we haven’t felt the loss of Waisake massively so far but it’s going to be pretty exciting to get him back,” he added.