They are Patrick Osborne and Adam Thomson, two veterans with several battles who come to bring experience to the team.
The Super Rugby Aotearoa season is over and for Kiwis players only the Miter Cup is on the horizon with New Zealand teams that will be able to enjoy various figures. Waikato Rugby, faced with so many familiar faces at the tournament, did not want to be left behind and announced two brilliant hires for the next tournament: Patrick Osborne and Adam Thomson. Both join former All Blacks Lian Mesan who signed for the team last month.
Osborne, a Fijian wing who made 6 appearances for his national team since 2016, had a short-lived stint with the All Blacks when they selected him twice for training in 2014 and 2015, but he never officially played in the black jersey. Osborne brings experience at the age of 33 and has a five-year resume in Canterbury (2010-15) and another 5 years in Super Rugby where he added 60 appearances with the Chiefs (9) and Highlanders (51) jerseys.
Thomson is a second line World Cup champion with the All Blacks where he served between 2008 and 2012. He accumulated a total of 31 appearances and 30 points for the Kiwis over the 4 years. He also has a lot of experience in kiwi provincial rugby and Super Rugby. He played 62 times for Otago and ran his game through four different franchises in Super Rugby: Highlanders (67), Reds (15), Rebels (13) and Chiefs (5), with a total of 190 points.
Waikato coach Andrew Strawbridge said “We are pleased to welcome Patrick and Adam to the Waikato team for the 2020 season. Both players are leaders, experienced workers and have the versatility to fill various positions on our roster. Your experience will be vital to the younger members of our team to help them learn and grow; We think they will be a perfect fit for this season’s team. “