Liam Coltman pledges immediate future to Highlanders and New Zealand Rugby

Liam Coltman has played four Tests for New Zealand
Liam Coltman has played four Tests for New Zealand

Hooker Liam Coltman has committed his immediate future to New Zealand Rugby and Super Rugby side Highlanders after signing a new deal at least until 2022.

The 29-year-old made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Otago in 2010 with his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders coming three years later.

Coltman has made 92 appearances for Highlanders and was part of the squad that went on to clinch their maiden Super Rugby title in 2015. He was also part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that went on to win the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship.

“It’s good to have the next few years sorted out. I have enjoyed my time in Dunedin and I love the lifestyle down here and the easy access to the outdoor pursuits I enjoy," said Coltman.

"My family and I are grateful to New Zealand Rugby and to the Highlanders for the opportunity to continue our commitment to Otago and the Highlanders.”

Coltman made his Test debut for New Zealand in November 2016 and has gone on to play four Tests with his last appearance coming during the November series last year against Japan in Tokyo.

“Colty is the ultimate team man and has been patient in our environment and made the most of his opportunities," said New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen.

"He puts in a lot of hard work around the team and is always looking to improve as a footy player. We’re glad he’ll be doing that in New Zealand for the next few years.”

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