Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn agrees to join the Highlanders

Last Updated: 18/10/12 6:14am

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Brad Thorn: Has agreed to join the Highlanders

Brad Thorn: Has agreed to join the Highlanders

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The Highlanders have confirmed they have beefed up their pack with the signing of World Cup-winning lock Brad Thorn.

The 37-year-old had moved to Japan after helping the All Blacks win the World Cup in 2011, before joining Leinster on a short-term deal.

However Thorn will now follow the likes of Ma'a Nonu and Tony Woodcock in signing for the Otago-based franchise.

"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."

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