Old Boy Fabian Holland rises to become a full member of the Highlanders Squad

There is no greater illustration of the value the Highlanders place in experience than the 18-year age gap between two of their locks, Bryn Evans and Fabian Holland.

Evans, 37, has been outstanding since joining the Highlanders last year, where part his role has been to mentor up-and-comers such as Holland, who is now a full member of the squad after replacing injured flanker Christian Lio-Willie (broken hand).

Holland, meanwhile, is very much at the other end of his career, but his inclusion in the full squad shows the Highlanders believe he is already ready for the rigours of Super Rugby.