The Pulse Energy Highlanders have named an extended 32-man team to take on the NSW Waratahs in Queenstown on Friday night.

The two teams have met regularly in the preseason over the last few years with the Highlanders running out 40 - 35 winners in 2016 the last time these two teams met in Queenstown.

The Highlanders team includes several 2018 squad debutants Tyrel Lomax, Pari Pari Parkinson, Shannon Frizell, Josh Ioane and Tevita Nabura in the starting side and prop Kalolo Tuiloma and outside Josh McKay on the bench. Injury replacement players Terrance Hepetema (centre) and Marino Mikaele Tu’u (loose forward) will get their chance to impress while several local Otago and Southland ITM players round out the 33. The team will be captained by Ben Smith with co-captain Ash Dixon coming off the bench.

Head coach, Aaron Mauger, is looking forward to the contest and what it will deliver, “There is plenty of competition within the team. Some guys there who have a bit of experience and then there are some new guys. We'll see how they go in the next couple of games and learn a bit about them.''

The Darryl Gibson coached Waratahs bring a 27-man team featuring new signing Wallaby outside back Curtis Rona who will play his first match for the NSW Waratahs. Gibson has also named Wallabies prop Paddy Ryan, fellow front-rower Tom Robertson, lock/flanker Ned Hanigan and winger Taqele Naiyaravoro.

The game will be played in three 30 minute periods at the Queenstown recreation ground - kick off 6pm.

PULSE ENERGY HIGHLANDERS TEAM TO PLAY IN QUEENSTOWN ON FRIDAY:

1.

Aki Seiuli

2

Greg Pleasants -Tate

3.

Tyrel Lomax

4.

Paripari Parkinson

5.

Josh Dickson

6.

Shannon Frizell

7.

Dillon Hunt

8.

Adam Knight

9.

Josh Renton

10.

Josh Ioane

11.

Tevita Nabura

12.

Teihorangi Walden

13

Terrance Hepetema

14.

Josh Timu

15.

Ben Smith (co-Capt)

16.

Ash Dixon (co-Capt)

17.

Guy Millar

18.

Kalolo Tuiloma

19.

Siate Tokolahi

20.

Jackson Hemopo

21.

Kayne Hammington

22.

Fletcher Smith

23.

Ryan Tongia

24.

Flynn Thomas

25.

Daniel Lienert-Brown

27.

Tom Franklin

28.

Dan Pryor

29.

Marino Mikaele Tu'u

30.

Rob Thompson

31.

Matt Faddes

32.

Tevita Li

33.

Josh McKay

  

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