Elliot Dixon has been in impressive, uncompromising form for the Highlanders during the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season and was one of the stars as his team claimed its first title last year. He has earned his first selection in an All Blacks squad in 2016.
From the Ngapuhi iwi, Dixon joined the Maori All Blacks in 2013 for his second run for the team after appearing in all three matches on the 2012 European Tour – a tour he earned selection for just a few months after making his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders. He played in one match on that tour and followed it up with selection on the 2014 tour to Japan and 2015 campaigns making him one of the most experienced members of the squad.
Dixon is another former New Zealand age grade player to be involved in the Maori All Blacks: he was part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the Junior World Championship in Tokyo in 2009.
Born and raised in Christchurch, the workaholic loose forward is now a senior member of the Southland Stags. He was in impressive form for the Highlanders during the 2015 and 2016 Investec Super Rugby seasons, and in the team's title-winning season featured in every game and leading the tackle count for the team.
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016
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