Donald returns to Waikato

Date published: August 20 2015

World Cup-winning former All Blacks fly-half Stephen Donald has signed with Waikato for the 2015 ITM Cup season.

The 31-year-old, who is a fan favourite in Waikato, has ended his time in Japan with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars and will be available for the Mooloo Men immediately having joined up with the team last week.

The ITM Cup season will be the first time Donald has played in New Zealand since the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final. He joined Bath after that World Cup before heading to Japan in 2013.

Donald, Waikato’s fifth highest all-time points scorer, played 57 games for the province between 2004 and 2011 and is delighted to be able to contribute once more.

“I have some great memories playing for Waikato and I can’t wait to pull on the jersey again and represent the province I am very passionate about," he said.

"It is an exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to getting the ITM Cup campaign underway and running out onto Waikato Stadium once again."

Donald is expected to be available for ITM Cup selection against Bay of Plenty next weekend.