The return of Jackson Hemopo and Dillon Hunt to the pack, Patelesio Tomkinsons’ selection in the midfield and Aaron Smith back at halfback are the main features of the Pulse Energy Highlanders team to take on the Waratahs on Saturday.

Hemopo replaces veteran lock Alex Ainley and the hard-working Dillon Hunt returns for James Lentjes. In the backs, Aaron Smith takes the place of the well performed Kayne Hammington, and Tevita Li is back from injury and will take a spot on the bench.

Patelesio Tomkinson gets his first starting opportunity in the midfield with Teihorangi Walden sitting the game out after experiencing concussion symptoms during the week. A former NZ U20 player, Tomkinson, is a hard-hitting young midfielder from Otago who has had limited opportunities since joining the club last season.

 

Pulse Energy Highlanders v NSW Waratahs, 7.45pm (9.45pm NZT) Saturday 19 May, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Ash Dixon (cc)
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Jackson Hemopo
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Elliot Dixon
  7. Dillon Hunt
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Tevita Nabura
  12. Patelesio Tomkinson
  13. Rob Thompson
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith (cc)
  1. Liam Coltman
  2. Aki Seiuli
  3. Kalolo Tuiloma
  4. Shannon Frizell
  5. Marino Mikaele Tu’u
  6. Kayne Hammington
  7. Josh Ioane
  8. Tevita Li

Not available: Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck) Liam Squire (thumb) Siate Tokolahi (Knee) Teihorangi Walden (concussion)

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