Nehe Milner-Skudder has turned down an offer to return to the Hurricanes in favour of a contract with the Highlanders.
Milner-Skudder scored six tries at the tournament – including one in the final against Australia – and was named World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the Year.
Unfortunately the versatile speedster has been hampered by a frustrating run of injuries in the time since and played just five more test matches for New Zealand.
He signed with Toulon in December 2018 with a view to joining the French club following the 2019 Super Rugby season.
But a recurring shoulder injury and the onset of Covid-19 has prevented that from happening.
“We had a contract offer in front of him, but he decided he wanted to go to the Highlanders,” said Hurricanes coach Jason Holland.
“He had a look at all the plusses and minuses of both sides and he decided it was best for Nehe Milner-Skudder to be at the Highlanders.
“That was Skudz’s call and he had to do what was best for him,” said Holland.
New Zealand’s five Super Rugby sides will reassemble next week to begin preparations for Super Rugby Aotearoa.
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