December 02, 2021
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Tikoisolomone to boost Highlanders

Fiji-born and Taranaki winger Vereniki Tikoisolomone has joined the Highlanders for the Super Rugby Pacific 2022. 
 
Tikoisolomone made his mark as the debutant winger for Taranaki in their 33-19 victory against Hawkes Bay in Bunnings NPC in August this year. 
 
The 23-year-old Tikoisolomone scored five tries for the Championship winning Taranaki side this season. 
 
He was identified as an exciting prospect in 2019 while playing for Wanganui in the Heartland Championship where he scored a season-high 13 tries. 
 
Tikoisolomone is an elusive player with genuine speed and a knack for scoring tries - he will be a welcome addition to the Highlanders outside backs division.
 
Tikoisolomone will replace Patelesio Tomkinson who sustained an injury to his left foot which saw him leave the field during the championship final against Taranaki, the injury will, unfortunately, require surgery, forcing him out of Super Rugby Pacific 2022. 
 
Highlanders Head Coach Tony Brown told the club’s website that the injury was hard luck for Tomkinson but Tikoisolomone will provide a good cover. 
 
"Sio has grown steadily as a player over the last few years and has always been a player we could rely on to perform consistently for us, he had another good season for Otago. It’s a blow for us to lose him for the Super Rugby Pacific competition but a good chance for Vereniki to showcase his talent."
 
By Romeka Romena 


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