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Flutey strengthens Highlanders coaching

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018    Getty Images

Thirty-eight year old Flutey began his first-class career with Hawke's Bay in 1998 before moving to Wellington where he played from 1999-2005 and again in 2014. He played 38 games for the Hurricanes from 2002-05 and before heading overseas he played for the Maori All Blacks.

Coming onto the field as a replacement for Wellington in their 2005 game against the touring British & Irish Lions allowed him to become the first player to appear against, and for, the Lions as he was chosen in the Lions team that toured South Africa in 2009, appearing in the third Test.

After leaving New Zealand he joined London Irish and played 48 times for the club, and scored 269 points before joining Wasps in 2007. He played 45 times for them before transferring to Brive for the 2009-10 season.

Back with Wasps from 2010-12 he made another 36 appearances before spending the 2012-13 season with the Black Rams in Japan.

During his time in England, Flutey made 14 Test appearances after completing his three-year residency.

Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger said Flutey would add another dimension to his coaching group.

"Riki brings with him a wealth of playing experience. He has played and been coached by some of the best rugby brains in the world and we are fortunate to be able to tap into that experience," he said.

"His role will be to improve the skills of our players across the board including working with our kickers."

Flutey will join the coaching group in the New Year and said he was looking forward to the opportunity.

"It's a great chance for me to join an exceptional group of coaches and players. I look forward to immersing myself in the team culture and getting the season underway," he said.

Flutey will join Mauger, Mark Hammett, Glenn Delaney and Clarke Dermody as the side's coaching group.