All Black winning first five Stephen Donald will return to ITM Cup rugby after signing with the Mooloos for 2015.
Donald, who hasn’t played in New Zealand since the RWC Final in 2011, is fresh off a stint in Japan with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars, and will be available for selection for Waikato from next week against Bay of Plenty.
Donald’s inclusion will add a wealth of experience to the young squad, a player who knows what it is like to be on the right and wrong side of the New Zealand public due to performances on the field.
Donald is Waikato’s 5th highest points scorer and first played for the province in 2004.
Damian McKenzie will start at first five eighth for the Mooloos against Manawatu on Saturday, and the match also sees a rare outing in Waikato Colors for Liam Messam who has been released by the All Blacks.