A dynamic loose forward, Liam Squire has benefitted from a shift south from the Chiefs to the Highlanders for 2016, earning the attention of the All Blacks selectors in his first season with the southernmost club, with his skills very well-suited to the Highlanders' style.
Originally from Manawatu, where he attended Palmerston North Boys High School, Squire made his provincial rugby debut in 2011 for the Tasman Makos. In 2015, he missed just one game for the Makos, with his strong ball carrying heavily utilised by the team as they made the semifinals of the Premiership for the second year running.
A dynamic loose forward, Squire was called into the Maori All Blacks for the first time for the 2013 North America Tour and made his debut against Canada in Toronto. The Ngai Tahu-linked player attracted Colin Cooper's attention because of his power and size as well as his mobility and impressive lineout skills.
In 2013 it was announced that Squire would be joining the Chiefs to play Investec Super Rugby in 2014, his first Super Rugby selection. This marked a remarkable recovery for a player who had suffered a fractured spine three years previously. He had a solid season with the Chiefs, appearing 11 times.
v Wales in Dunedin 25 June 2016