Highlanders call for extra cover


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Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has called up Hawke’s Bay’s George Naoupo as loose forward cover.

Naupou trained with the Highlanders for the first time on Monday and will remain with the squad as a temporary replacement.

The 25-year-old has been drafted in to help the Highlanders’ depleted loose forward stocks.

First-choice No 8 Steven Setephano is still battling a calf problem and openside flanker Alando Soakai has a broken nose.

No 8 Ezra Taylor has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

Naupou played 11 games for Canterbury before linking up with Hawke’s Bay last year and helped them progress to an Air New Zealand Cup semi-finals berth.



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