Thorn signs with Landers

Brad Thorn has penned a deal to play for the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

Days after announcing the signing of midfielder Ma’a Nonu, the Dunedin franchise named the 37-year-old Thorn as their latest recruit. He moved to Japan after the All Blacks won the World Cup then signed a short-term contract at the conclusion of the Japanese season with Irish side Leinster.

‘Brad brings a great deal of professionalism to any team he plays for,’ Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said. ‘His work ethic, experience and leadership will add a great deal to our team and have a very positive influence on the younger players. Brad is a very competitive athlete and from what I saw in Japan recently he is still playing rugby at an international standard.’

The Landers will also sign All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock, who already boast internationals Hosea Gear, Andrew Hore, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Tamati Ellison.