Head Coach Tony Brown has named a strong starting XV to take on the NSW Waratahs this on Thursday night in Sydney. The returning All Blacks will be available to him for the first time this preseason. The match will be played in quarters and most of the 38 man squad will get game time.

“It’s good to have an opportunity to give everyone a run, this is our last game before the competition kicks off for real next week against the Chiefs and we will be looking to try and nail down things that we have been working on” said Head Coach, Tony Brown.

The teams will be playing for the Sir Henry Braddon Cup in this annual preseason fixture, the trophy has been commissioned by the NSW Waratahs. Braddon played for Otago in 1883, New Zealand in 1884 and NSW between 1888 and 1892. He is listed as All Black No.2 and in 1920 became the first All Black to be knighted.

NSW Waratahs v Pulse Energy Highlanders, Thursday 16 February 6.30pm (AEDT), Brookvale Oval, Sydney

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Liam Coltman
  3. Siate Tokolahi
  4. Tom Franklin
  5. Jackson Hemopo
  6. Liam Squire
  7. James Lentjes
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Tevita Li
  12. Rob Thompson
  13. Malakai Fekitoa
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith

Reserves

Forwards: Aki Seiuli, Craig Millar, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Guy Millar, Adrian Smith, Josh Dickson, Alex Ainley, Elliot Dixon, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt

Backs: Kayne Hammington, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden, Matt Faddes, Pat Osborne, Jason Emery

Injured: Ash Dixon (back) Marty Banks (knee) Greg Pleasants-Tate (Knee)

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