All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson is set to head offshore with his name missing from the New Zealand Super Rugby squads for next season.
The Highlanders squad has been named featuring newcomers Tony Woodcock, Ma'a Nonu and Brad Thorn.
Japanese halfback Fumiaki Tanaka is also included as backup to Aaron Smith.
There's no place for Southland veteran Jason Rutledge.
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