The Pulse Energy Highlanders have named ten current or past All Blacks in their line up for their big match against the Hurricanes on Friday night.

In what promises to be a blockbuster of an occasion, the NZ conference clash will give both teams the opportunity to throw everything at it in the last round robin game before the June break.

After a series of good performances off the bench, front row strong man Kalolo Tuiloma earns his first start of the season, while Liam Squire’s barnstorming effort against the Reds ensures a start on the blindside for the big All Black back rower. Luke Whitelock returns at eight with livewire halfback Aaron Smith partnering Lima Sopoaga in the halves and talisman co-captain Ben Smith back calling the shots from fullback after a week away.

Fresh from his selection in the All Blacks, versatile loosie Shannon Frizell will have some very experienced company on the bench in the form of Liam Coltman, Elliot Dixon and Richard Buckman who have collectively tasted the half time oranges in super rugby 216 times.

Interim Head Coach Mark Hammett is glad to be back at home, “we have had four of our last five weeks on the road so the guys are excited about playing at home. We want to give a huge push towards making the playoffs this week before we hit the June break. The players are really looking forward to being back under the roof in front of a vocal home crowd.”

Please note the Highlanders will wear black arm bands to acknowledge the passing of Head Coach Aaron Mauger’s mother, Christine Wilson.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Hurricanes – Friday 1st June 7.35pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Ash Dixon (cc)
  3. Kalolo Tuiloma
  4. Jackson Hemopo
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Liam Squire
  7. Dillon Hunt
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Tevita Li
  12. Teihorangi Walden
  13. Rob Thompson
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith (cc)

RESERVES

  1. Liam Coltman
  2. Aki Seiuli
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Shannon Frizell
  5. Elliot Dixon
  6. Josh Renton
  7. Josh Ioane
  8. Richard Buckman

 

This week marks the “Say My Name” round where rugby celebrates our cultural diversity by highlighting the correct pronounciation of names.

 2018 PULSE ENERGY HIGHLANDERS SQUAD PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION

Alex

Ainley

Alex Ain-lee

Richard

Buckman

Richid Buck-min

Liam

Coltman

Lee-am Colt-min

Josh

Dickson

Josh Dick-sin

Ash

Dixon

Ash Dick-sin

Elliot

Dixon

Ell-ee-it Dick-sin

Matt

Faddes

Matt Fad-des

Tom

Franklin

Tom Frank-lin

Shannon

Frizell

Shann-in Frizz-el

Kayne

Hammington

Cane Ham-ming-tin

Jackson

Hemopo

Jack-sin Hem-maw-paw

Dillon

Hunt

Dill-in Hunt

Josh

Ioane

Josh Yaw-ah-neh

James

Lentjes

James Len-chiss

Tevita

Li

Teh-vee-ta Lee

Daniel

Lienert-Brown

Dan-yill Len-it Brown

Tyrel

Lomax

Tie-rell Low-max

Josh

McKay

Josh Mick-eye

Marino

Mikaele Tu’u

Mah-ree-no Mee-kah-ell-eh-Too-ew

Guy

Millar

Guy Mill-arr

Tevita

Nabura

Teh-vee-tah Num-boo-rah

Waisake

Naholo

Why- -sah-keh Na-haw-law

Paripari

Parkinson

Pah-ree Pah-ree Park-in-sin

Greg

Pleasants-Tate

Greg Ples-ints-Tait

Dan

Pryor

Dan Pry-or

Josh

Renton

Josh Rent-on

Aki

Seiuli

Ah-kee Say-you-lee

Aaron

Smith

A-rrin Smith

Ben

Smith

Ben Smith

Fletcher

Smith

Fletcher Smith

Lima

Sopoaga

Lee-mah Sawpaw-unga

Liam

Squire

Lee-im Skwy-ah

Rob

Thompson

Rob Thomp-sin

Siate

Tokolahi

See-ah-teh Do-ko-laa-hee

Patelesio (Sio)

Tomkinson

Pah-tell-eh--see-oh Tom-Kin-sinn

Kalolo

Tuiloma

Kah-law-law Too-ee-law-mah

Thomas

Umaga-Jensen

Tom-iss Oo-Mung-ah Jen-sin

Tei

Walden

Tay-hor-rah-ngee Wall-den

Luke

Whitelock

Luke White-lock

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