Ash Dixon heading to Japan

Ash Dixon heading to Japan

Highlanders co-captain and veteran hooker Ash Dixon is heading to Japan on a two-year deal to play in the new Japanese League One competition which begins in January 2022.

Dixon (32) brought up his 100th game for the Highlanders in the Sky Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final against the Blues. He began his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes, before joining the Highlanders in 2015 as Highlander #228. 

Dixon has co-captained the side with halfback Aaron Smith over the past few seasons and has been one of the clubs most consistent performers, possessing one of the best lineout throws in the game.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said Dixon occupied a unique place in the rugby whānau.

“Ash’s achievements speak to his character. He leaves as one of the most capped Māori All Blacks captains of all time, and a leader of huge influence for both the Highlanders and Hawke’s Bay.

“He is a Super Rugby champion and a Ranfurly Shield holder, but more importantly he personifies the values of Te Ara Rangatira, The Rugby Way. We wish him and his whanau all the best in Japan and he goes with our full support.”

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