The Highlanders have announced that Japan international half-back Fumiaki Tanaka will be returning to play for them for the 2015 season.
The Highlanders have announced that Japanese international scrum-half Fumiaki Tanaka will be returning to play for them for the 2015 season.
Tanaka’s signing will see him return to Dunedin for his third consecutive Super Rugby campaign.
“It’s great to have Fumi back with the Highlanders, he is a quality half-back who plays with outstanding skill and speed. He loves playing for the Highlanders and is a great team man with a big heart,” assistant coach, Tony Brown, told the Highlanders website.
Tanaka has played 26 games for the Highlanders since debuting in 2013 as the first Japanese player to play Super Rugby in New Zealand. He has become a local favourite playing for Otago in the 2012 and 2013 ITM Cup seasons before returning to Japan during the ITM cup this year to play for his Japanese club, Panasonic.
When asked about his return for 2015, Tanaka said: “I am very excited to be back playing for the Highlanders, I have big passion for the team and Dunedin. Super rugby is very tough but I enjoy the challenge of playing against the best teams and players.”