Former All Black Rene Ranger is set to make his Super Rugby return in 2019.
The Japan-based Sunwolves yesterday announced they had signed the six-Test centre for the 2019 season. His last Super Rugby stint came in 2017 with the Auckland-based Blues.
In Japan Ranger will link up with new head coach and fellow former All Black Tony Brown.
The side have also been bolstered by the signing of Canterbury centre Phil Burleigh and announced the re-signing of Georgian hooker Jaba Bregvadze and former Highlanders first-five Hayden Parker.
Scotland international Burleigh has Super Rugby credentials, playing for the Chiefs in 2010 and representing the Highlanders from 2012 to 2014.
Bregvadze has over 50 caps for the Georgian national team and has represented his country at two World Cups, while 27-year-old Parker previously represented New Zealand at the Under 20 level.
31-year-old Ranger has been in fine form playing for the Northland Taniwha in the Mitre 10 Cup and brings a wealth of experience to the Sunwolves.
With over 70 Super Rugby caps to his name, Ranger will be set on turning around the embattled franchise, who have won just five games in three seasons and finish last in the standings in 2018.
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