Racing 92 v Highlanders in Hong Kong

Date published: December 10 2015

Racing 92 are set to return to Hong Kong next year where they will play a friendly against defending Super Rugby champions the Highlanders.

The North-South match-up is set to take place on February 6 at the Siu Sai Wan Stadium.

Despite having only just left New Zealand, Racing's star signing Dan Carter will get a chance to go up against his old All Blacks team-mates including Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Malakai Fekitoa.

Racing chief executive Arnaud Tourtoulou said in a statement: "We are excited to be meeting Super Rugby champions Highlanders and are confident that rugby and sporting fans worldwide will be riveted by this unique north-south match-up."

"'The chance to play such a quality opposition as Racing 92, in a venue like Hong Kong, is a very exciting prospect for the Highlanders," Highlanders chief executive Roger Clarke added.

"This will be the first time we as a club have played in that part of the world. These sort of opportunities don't come along every day so everyone is looking forward to the experience. 

"Our pre-season is a very important part of our preparation for Super Rugby.

"We look to provide opportunities for the team to be tested in different ways, so we view this game as an ideal way to do that. It will certainly be a stimulating challenge for the guys and it's a match I know they are looking forward to," Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said.