There has been very little discussion about next season's Highlanders squad. Now that the Highlanders' 2018 season is over, the following list with information about player signings may help kick-start that discussion.

  • Below, I've started with the 2018 Highlanders squad that was named on 1 Nov 2017;
  • In italics, I have added the players that also played for the Highlanders in 2018, despite not being named in the initial squad;
  • Between brackets are the number of games played this season (stats: Fox Sports);
  • In bold are the players of which I know for sure that they are signed through to next season (obviously, this list may/will not be complete because the duration of contracts isn't always published. Some signings aren't even published);
  • Strikethrough: players, who are known to be leaving.

Some of the questions now are:

  1. In which positions do the Highlanders need to recruit more players?
  2. Who of the players of the initial 2018 squad would you like to see signed for 2019 (or longer)?
  3. Which other player, who hasn't played for the Highlanders in 2018, would be on your wish list?
  4. Which player, who hasn't been signed yet, but played for the Highlanders in 2018, don't you want to be signed?

PROP

Lienert-Brown (D) (17)
Lomax (15)
Millar (1) to Biarritz
Seiuli (17)
Tokolahi (8)
Tuiloma (10)

HOOKER

Coltman (15)
Dixon (A) (15)
Pleasants-Tate (4)

LOCK

Ainley (7)
Dickson (3)
Franklin (17)
Hemopo (16)
Parkinson (1)

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LOOSE FORWARD

Dixon (E) (14)
Frizell (14)
Hunt (14)
Lentjes (6)
Pryor (D) (1)
Squire (8)
Whitelock (L) (15)
Mikaele-Tu'u (5)

HALFBACK

Hammington (14)
Renton (J) (2)
Smith (A) (15)

FIRST FIVE-EIGHTH

Ioane (J) (9)
Smith (F) (6)
Sopoaga (17) to Wasps
^new signing for 2019: Bryn Gatland

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MIDFIELD

Faddes (9)
Thompson (R) (16)
Tomkinson (5)
Walden (15)

OUTSIDE BACK

Buckman (4)
Li (13)
McKay (2)
Nabura (3)
Naholo (16)
Smith (B) (15)
Umaga-Jensen (T) (1)