There are not many quality tighthead props in NZ
Just a day after proudly proclaiming they are recruiting in the local market, the highlanders revealed that they are going 'international' after all.
The Highlanders have announced Wednesday that young Argentinian tighthead prop Matias Diaz has signed a one-year deal with the Franchise.
The 20-year old Diaz plays for the Teqüe club in Argentina, and made his Test debut for the Pumas this year against Uruguay in the South American Championships.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph, commented that Matias will be a welcome addition to the team for the coming season.
"Matias is a good young player from what I have seen so far," Joseph said.
"He's already proven that he can play at international level against the best teams in the world, so his talent is evident."
After making his test debut against Uruguay, Diaz then played for the Argentinian Under-20 team at the IRB Junior World Champions in France.
Diaz was then re-selected in the Pumas squad for the Rugby Championship and most recently played against South Africa in Soweto.
Highlanders General Manager Roger Clark commented that signing Matias was a real coup for the Highlanders.
"We're really excited about Matias joining the team for next season," Clark said.
"There are not many quality tighthead props available in the New Zealand market, so to be able to confirm a young player of his potential is great news."
Diaz will join the Highlanders squad post his international commitments in November.