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."