Five questions with: Ash Dixon

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Q. What is your role and how long have you been in it?

Co-captain of the Highlanders and hooker. My first year as captain and I’m very excited about it. My role involves talking with the players, making sure everything is clearly understood. Also speaking on behalf of the team and being a leader.

Q. What has been the highlight of your co-captaincy so far?

Watching the younger players and new guys coming through and learning what it is to be a Highlander and the “Highlander way”.

Q. What is the hardest thing about the job?

Making sure I get that right as I have a young family. Having an awesome week and not getting the result right or performing to your potential.

Q. What does the schedule look like for you on game days?

Sleep early the night before. Get up about 8.30am, go to St Clair for a hot chocolate and a cheese scone. Go home, check gear for the game, have a light lunch and a little sleep. Go down to the ground for lineout practice then home and go to the ground an hour and a-quarter before kick-off.

Q. What is the one thing the Highlanders need to do this year to have a successful season?

Play as a team, for each other.

Ash Dixon is unavailable to play for the Highlanders at present because of a back injury.