Ash Dixon will captain the Pulse Energy Highlanders team that takes on the Jaguares on Saturday.

Both teams played in South Africa in Round 6 and suffered losses so will be looking to turn those results around. The Highlanders will be without two All Blacks as co-captain Aaron Smith and hooker Liam Coltman have returned to New Zealand as part of their All Blacks rest programme. Additionally, prop Ayden Johnstone (concussion) and winger Jona Nareki (ribs) sustained injuries that forced them out of the second week of the tour.

Johnstone’s injury provides an opportunity for young Southland prop Ethan De Groot to get his first start for the Highlanders. Also making their debuts off the bench are young Canterbury lock Will Tucker and experienced hooker Nathan Vella. There is some good news in the lock department as Josh Dickson has returned from injury and will partner Manaaki Selby-Rickit in the middle row. In the backs, Patelesio Tomkinson, returns to the team following his suspension and experienced midfield back Teihorangi Walden comes into the midfield moving Josh Ioane to fullback. Folau Fakatava makes the match day 23 for the first time in 2020.


Jaguares v Highlanders – 8.00pm Saturday 14 March (Local Time)(Sunday 15 March, 12.00pm NZT), José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown                                           

2. Ash Dixon (C)

3. Siate Tokolahi

4. Josh Dickson

5. Manaaki Selby-Rickit

6. Shannon Frizell

7. Dillon Hunt

8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u

9. Kayne Hammington

10. Mitch Hunt

11. Tima Fainga’anuku

12. Teihorangi Walden

13. Ngane Punivai

14. Patelesio Tomkinson

15. Josh Ioane



16. Nathan Vella

17. Ethan De Groot

18. Jeff Thwaites

19. Will Tucker

20. Teariki Ben-Nicholas

21. Folau Fakatava

22. Michael Collins

23. Josh McKay

Unavailable: Tevita Nabura, James Lentjes, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Rob Thompson, Liam Coltman, Aaron Smith, Jona Nareki, Ayden Johnstone, Jesse Parete


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