Described by Steve Hansen last year as a “physical beast”, rugged loose forward Liam Squire benefitted from a shift south from the Chiefs to the Highlanders in 2016, earning the attention of the All Blacks selectors in his first season with the southernmost club.
He made his Test debut in the Steinlager Series against Wales in June 2016 and played eight Tests in his debut year, before adding a further eight appearances in 2017. He returned to the All Blacks for last year's Vista Northern Tour after suffering a hand injury late in 2017.
Originally from Manawatu, Squire moved south to Nelson and made his provincial rugby debut in 2011 there for the Tasman Mako. Since then he has played 38 games for the provincial side, with his strong ball-carrying heavily utilised by the team in 2017 as they made the finals of the Premiership.
Squire – who is part of the Ngai Tahu iwi - was called into the Maori All Blacks for the first time for the 2013 North America Tour and made his debut against Canada in Toronto.
He made a remarkable recovery from a fractured spine three years prior to being named in his first Super Rugby squad in 2013.
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016
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