8 Feb 2014

Highlanders' Popoalii gone for the season

6:04 am on 8 February 2014

The Highlanders outside back Buxton Popoalii has withdrawn from the the 2014 Super Rugby season to focus on recovering from heart surgery .

Highlanders general manager Roger Clark says Buxton has a longstanding heart condition.

Clark says says recent routine tests have determined he needs further surgery, which he'll undergo this month.

He says Popoalii will take a break from all rugby this year to focus on his recovery.