Jack Regan has retained his place in the Highlanders team as the Super Rugby Aotearoa side named the Offaly native in their starting XV to face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

It comes a week after Regan, son of Offaly hurling legend Daithi, made his debut against Crusaders in the opening round of New Zealand's premier rugby competition.

The 23-year-old Birr native made a good impression in that maiden Super Rugby appearance, making it onto the team of the week selection alongside a host of New Zealand internationals including Ardie Savea, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga and Sevu Reece. 

He has been rewarded with a second successive appearance at second row this Friday.

Regan arrived in New Zealand after a two-year stint with Ulster Rugby. He joined the Dunedin Sharks club, who participate in the third tier of New Zealand competition, in March 2020, before being called up by regional side Otago in last year's Mitre-10. 

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