Highlanders have suffered a setback in the ongoing Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign with lock Josh Dickson ruled out of remainder of season with a broken leg.
The 25-year-old sustained the blow during the recently concluded game against Crusaders last weekend where he left the field in the 17th minute on a stretcher.
Highlanders skills coach Riki Flutey admitted that Dickson's absence would be a blow to the side with Geoff Cridge added to the squad as the cover for the 6ft 7in lock.
“He broke his leg, so we’ve brought Geoff Cridge into the squad to cover that,” said Flutey.
“Josh has been outstanding, and he’s been leading off the field.
“He’s been running our forwards, and on the field he’s been playing really well.”
Highlanders are positioned third in the Super Rugby Aotearoa table with a solitary win from three games and will face Hurricanes in the fifth round on 12th July at Sky Stadium in Wellington.