The Pulse Energy Highlanders begin their 2017 preseason this Saturday in Darfield with a game against the Crusaders for the Farmlands Cup. The trophy was first played for last year in Waimumu at Fred Booth Park, that game ended in a draw and both teams will be keen to try and secure the cup for the year, this time around.

Highlanders Head Coach Tony Brown said “the guys have been training well for a few weeks now and just want to get out and have a game, we really enjoyed the Farmlands Cup game in Waimumu last year and I am sure the Darfield match will be a great occasion.”

While no current All Blacks will feature in the match having only just returned to training, most of the squad will get some game time.  Luke Whitelock will be the starting XV captain.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Crusaders, Sat 3 Feb 5pm, Darfield

  1. Craig Millar
  2. Adrian Smith
  3. Guy Millar
  4. Jackson Hemopo
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Gareth Evans
  7. James Lentjes
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Kayne Hammington
  10. Fletcher Smith
  11. Tevita Li
  12. Rob Thompson
  13. Sio Tomkinson
  14. Fa’asiu Fuatai
  15. Jason Emery


Forwards: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Alex Ainley, Josh Dickson, Adam Knight, Dillon Hunt

Backs: Josh Renton, Marty Banks, Teihorangi Walden, Matt Faddes, Jonah Nareki

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