Liam Squire announces departure from All Blacks, Highlanders

The All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby have lost another star to the lure of overseas riches, with Highlanders flanker Liam Squire announcing he's signed a two-year deal with NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Squire, 27, today announced his departure, adding that the current Super Rugby season with the Highlanders will be his last.

"It seems like the right time to go," Squire said in a statement.

"I have really loved my time in New Zealand with the Tasman Mako and in particular down here with the Highlanders. It's a club that gave me a chance and I appreciate the support I have had in the south.

"I am certainly keen to have a really good last season with the guys."

Just 27, it is possible that Squire could return to New Zealand after his time in Japan, similar to Jerome Kaino.

However, with injuries having limited the loose forward to just 23 Tests, it is unclear whether returning will be an appealing option to Squire.

"It's probably a tradition he should've stuck with," Squire said, adding that Havili can expect a fine.
Liam Squire Source: Photosport