Whitelock, Squire heading to Highlanders

Date published: October 15 2015

The Highlanders have announced that they have bolstered their back row stocks by signing Liam Squire and Luke Whitelock on one-year contracts for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Squire has played for the Chiefs over the last two seasons, although his appearances were limited this season due to injury. He has played a significant role in the success of the Tasman team over the last few ITM Cup seasons as a strong ball carrier who can breach defences. 

Canterbury stalwart Whitelock, an All Black in 2013, has played 50 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders and will help to add further depth to the Highlanders loose forward stocks after the departures of Nasi Manu and John Hardie.

Highlanders head coach, Jamie Joseph is excited to work with the duo. 

"We are delighted to have secured Liam’s and Luke’s services, we were looking for a strong ball carrying eight who would suit our style of play and we believe Liam fits that description," he told the Highlanders website.

"Luke’s Super Rugby experience and versatility will be a real asset to our group, we’re looking forward to having him join the Highlanders.”

Whitelock commented that he was “looking forward to coming down to Dunedin and being with the Highlanders next year. 

"I have heard a lot of great things about the culture that has been developed down there."

Squire also said that he was “looking forward to getting down there, getting to know everyone and seeing what Dunedin is all about.”