Cape Town – The Highlanders have announced that promising Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax has joined them for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Lomax made his Super Rugby debut for the Rebels earlier this
year and is the son of former Kiwis Rugby League prop John Lomax, who played 15
Tests for the Kiwis between 1992/98.
Tyrel Lomax grew up playing league in Wellington but
switched to rugby when the Lomax family moved to Australia. He was a member of
the 2015/16 Australian U20 team and was named the Australian U20 player of the
year in 2016.
While his Australian contract still has a year to run, which
is preventing an earlier return to New Zealand, Lomax has committed his long
term future to New Zealand.
Seen as a player with a bright future Lomax was named in
Michael Cheikas’ original 48-man squad for 2017 before withdrawing, while it
may have been a difficult decision to return to New Zealand he is sure it’s for
“I grew up in New Zealand and as an aspiring rugby
player the chance to play for a New Zealand Super Rugby club was too good an
opportunity to turn down,” Lomax told the Highlanders’ official website.
“As a young prop I can’t wait to get to the
Highlanders, they have an awesome culture there and I just want to immerse
myself in it and learn as much as possible.”
Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark has been in contact
with Lomax and is impressed.
“Throughout our dealings with Tyrel he has shown
himself to be a mature young man with a real determination to learn and
improve, he has a real desire to go as far as he can in the game,” he
“He will fit in well at the Highlanders and we would
like to think this is just the start for Tyrel, we believe he has a very bright
future in front of him.”
Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger is delighted the young
prop has committed to the Highlanders.
“Clearly we see Tyrel as an exciting future prospect for
the club, a strong ball carrying prop, we think his game will benefit from our
environment and he will add depth to our squad,” said Mauger.