28 Feb 2011

Highlanders draft Tony Brown

6:21 pm on 28 February 2011

The veteran first-five Tony Brown has been drafted into the injury-depleted Highlanders Super Rugby squad and will join the team in South Africa tomorrow.

The 36-year-old former All Black is part of the team's wider training group and was called in from summoned from Japan as an injury replacement after Lima Sopoaga injured a shoulder in the 23-13 win over the Chiefs on Friday night.

First choice pivot Colin Slade is sidelined after breaking his jaw in a pre-season match, leaving Southland's Robbie Robinson as the squad's only fit No 10.

Brown, who played 83 games for the Highlanders, has been playing rugby in Japan since 2004 and was a member of the championship-winning Sanyo team this year.