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Liam Squire

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.

Player
Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
20/03/1991
Physical:
1.96m, 109kg
Test Debut:
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016
Test Points Breakdown:
4t
Test Points:
20
Caps:
23
Provincial Team:
Tasman
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2016
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (+)
20 August v Australia at Sydney 42-8 (+)
27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17 (-)
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15 (+)
22 October v Australia at Auckland 37-10 (+)
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40
20 November v Ireland at Dublin 21-9 (-)

2017
19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34 (-)
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (-)
8 October v South Africa 25-24
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (-)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (+)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18

2018
9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (-)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13 (-)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (-)
27 Oct v Australia at Yokohama 37-20 (-)
10 Nov v England at Twickenham 16 - 15
17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 9 - 16 (-)