FORMER ALL Blacks flanker Marty Holah will play for Waikato in this year’s ITM Cup.
The 35-year-old, who is currently plying his trade with Welsh side Ospreys, has signed with the Mooloos until the end of this year.
"I am excited about the opportunity to return to Waikato later this year,” he said.
“I have enjoyed my experience with the Ospreys on and off the field, but feel it's time to move back home to be closer to my family and friends and to enjoy playing for my home province again.
“I felt it was the right time to move while I still have something to offer the province that has given me so many opportunities.”
Holah played 36 tests for the All Blacks, 81 matches for the Chiefs and made 73 appearances for Waikato.
“We are extremely excited about having someone with Marty’s experience back in our programme. We have some quality young loose forwards coming through and for them to be able to learn off Marty will be invaluable for Waikato Rugby long term,” said Waikato coach Chris Gibbes.
Holah will link up with the province after fulfilling his Ospreys commitments.
This weekend throws up another set of games which could go either way.
Which player was unlucky not to make the Wallabies’ preliminary squad for the British and Irish Lions series?