Faddes makes it a long-term stay in Dunedin

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:19
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NEWS: The Highlanders ensured there is long-term continuity in Dunedin with conformation that utility back Matt Faddes has signed to stay on for at least two more years.

The 25-year-old, who can play on the wing or at centre, has signed on till 2019.

"I am proud to announce that I have re-signed with the Highlanders until 2019," Faddes said.

"It was a childhood dream to play for these guys and it is a real privilege, so we will see you against the Blues [on] Saturday," Faddes added.

* Meanwhile it was confirmed that All Blacks Ben Smith and Liam Squire are back training this week and expected to line up for the Highlanders against the Blues on Saturday.

Smith missed last Friday's trouncing of the Rebels because of a hamstring strain he picked up the day before at training.

Squire has been out since injuring his knee in the Round Two match against the Crusaders in early March.

He was close to coming back last week but would be available to play on Saturday.

Openside flanker Dan Pryor, who has yet to play a game this year after picking up a knee injury last year while playing for Northland in the NPC, has started running again and may be a chance to play by the end of the month.

The Blues will be without inside back Ihaia West because of an ankle injury, but welcome back Steven Luatua from suspension - while Sonny Bill Williams is a chance to play.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28