The Pulse Energy Highlanders have named a settled combination for their clash against the Blues.

The Highlanders recorded a good victory against the Brumbies in Dunedin last weekend coming off the bye. One notable change to the starting line-up is the rotation of halfbacks, with Kayne Hammington earning his first start of the 2018 season, and Aaron Smith moving to the bench.

Head coach Aaron Mauger noted Hammington’s good form of late and the chance to rotate his halfbacks, “Kayne has earned the opportunity and he is ready to give us what we need to start the game and Aaron will come on and finish well for us.”

Having played four of their first six games at home the Highlanders now begin a stretch of five away games in six weeks. The Blues hold the upper hand over the last five years at Eden Park leading 3-2 on victories against the Highlanders.

 Pulse Energy Highlanders v Blues - 7.35pm, Friday 20th April,  

  1.  Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2.  Ash Dixon (CC)
  3.  Siate Tokolahi
  4.  Jackson Hemopo
  5.  Tom Franklin
  6.  Shannon Frizell
  7.  Dillon Hunt
  8.  Luke Whitelock
  9.  Kayne Hammington
  10.  Lima Sopoaga
  11.  Tevita Li
  12.  Teihorangi Walden
  13.  Rob Thompson
  14.  Waisake Naholo
  15.  Ben Smith (CC)

  16. RESERVES

  17. Liam Coltman
  18. Aki Seiuli
  19. Tyrel Lomax
  20. Alex Ainley
  21. Elliot Dixon
  22. Aaron Smith
  23. Fletcher Smith
  24. Matt Faddes

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