A toe injury to Liam Coltman and the suspension of Jason Emery has forced changes to the Pulse Energy Highlanders team to take on the Brumbies in Invercargill on Saturday night. Coltman looks set to be sidelined for several weeks and Emery will sit out the next four weeks. Ash Dixon comes in for Coltman and the strong running Rob Thompson returns to the midfield. Alex Ainley is the only other change to the forward pack with Joe Wheeler rotating to the bench.

Patrick Osborne returns at left wing and Jack Wilson shifts on to the right wing while Matt Faddes will make his impact from the bench.  Hooker, Greg Pleasants-Tate, who has played one game for the Blues will make his debut for the Highlanders if he takes the field on Saturday night. Pleasants-Tate has been playing development and club rugby in Dunedin and will relish the opportunity to get more super rugby game time. Siosiua Halanukonuka returns to the bench after a week off.

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Alex Ainley

5.   Tom Franklin

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Shane Christie (CC)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Jack Wilson

15. Ben Smith (CC)

 

Reserves

16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Craig Millar

18. Siosiua Halanukonuka

19. Joe Wheeler

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Matt Faddes

Unavailable due to injury: Marty Banks (ribs), Liam Coltman (foot)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown , Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

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A refreshed Pulse Energy Highlanders team will run out under the roof on Saturday night after having a bye week in round eight. Co-Captain, Ben Smith, returns to the team after suffering a concussion during the last home game against the Force but has been cleared to play after two weeks rest. He takes his place at fullback with Matt Faddes moving to the right wing and Jack Wilson on the left wing. At second-five, Rob Thompson, makes way for Jason Emery who will make his seventh appearance for the season and first start for the season after impressing off the bench in Brisbane.

Several changes have been made to the forward pack as the Pulse Energy Highlanders anticipate an upfront battle against the Sharks with Ash Dixon coming in at hooker and Josh Hohneck and Tom Franklin returning to the starting line-up. Elliot Dixon has recovered from his head cut and will team up with in-form Liam Squire and Shane Christie in the loose forwards. Alex Ainley and Craig Millar have been included in the reserves for this game after some impressive club form.

There will be an ANZAC Observance pre-game on Saturday night beginning at approximately 7.20pm with involvement from staff from the HMNZS Otago, New Zealand Army, local RSA and local veterans.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Sharks - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 22nd April (kick-off 7.35pm)

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Shane Christie (Co-Captain)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Jack Wilson

12. Jason Emery

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Matt Faddes

15. Ben Smith (Co-Captain)

 

Reserves

16. Liam Coltman

17. Craig Millar

18. Ross Geldenhuys

19. Alex Ainley

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Patrick Osborne

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Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg), Brendon Edmonds (knee), Marty Banks (ribs)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown , Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

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Injuries have forced the Pulse Energy Highlanders to make changes to their starting team ahead of the clash against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night. Loosehead prop Brendan Edmonds has been side-lined for the season with a serious knee injury. Daniel Lienert-Brown comes off the bench to replace Edmonds and will start in his seventeenth game for the club. Tasman prop, Ross Geldenhuys, returns to the playing 23, and together with Josh Hohneck, will provide a great depth of experience on the reserves bench.

A head laceration sustained in last week’s game has ruled Elliot Dixon out for the week, which will make way for Luke Whitelock to return to the starting team while Dan Pryor rotates to the bench for co-captain Shane Christie. After a week off to refresh Mark Reddish will start ahead of Tom Franklin at lock.

A concussion to co-captain Ben Smith will see him miss his first game of the season with Matt Faddes moving from wing to fullback and Jack Wilson, who had an impressive debut against the Melbourne Rebels, will start on the right wing in just his second outing for the club. Lima Sopoaga returns from injury to again partner with Aaron Smith and Hayden Parker will make his impact from the bench this week.

Queensland Reds v Pulse Energy Highlanders - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 9st April – Kick-off 7.45pm AEST (9.45pm NZT)

 

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Liam Coltman

3.   Siosiua Halanukonuka

4.   Mark Reddish

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Luke Whitelock

7.   Shane Christie (C)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Pat Osborne

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Jack Wilson

15. Matt Faddes

 

Reserves

16. Ash Dixon

17. Ross Geldenhuys

18. Josh Hohneck

19. Tom Franklin

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Jason Emery

Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg),Brendon Edmonds (knee),Ben Smith (concussion),Elliot Dixon (head cut), Marty Banks (ribs)

 

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown , Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

A fresh locking combination and rotation in the loose forwards are the two significant changes to the starting team for the Pulse Energy Highlanders match against the Western Force on Friday night in Dunedin. Having just returned from a successful mini-tour to Australia the Highlanders will line up at Forsyth Barr Stadium with a pack that has five changes from the team that beat the Melbourne Rebels. Alex Ainley and Tom Franklin will start in the middle row of the scrum for the second time this season, with regular lock Joe Wheeler moving to the bench. Elliot Dixon, who was outstanding against the Waratahs, replaces Luke Whitelock at blindside, while co-captain Shane Christie moves to the bench to make way for Dan Pryor on the openside. Liam Coltman and Ash Dixon continue their competition for the starting hooker role with Coltman in the number 2 shirt this week and prop Daniel Lienert-Brown returns to the playing 23 after a week playing club rugby.

In the backs Matt Faddes returns from injury for Jack Wilson, and livewire halfback Fumiaki Tanaka has recovered from his calf strain to take the place of Josh Renton in the reserves.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Western Force, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 1st April – Kick-off 7.35pm

1.   Brendon Edmonds

2.   Liam Coltman

3.   Siosiua Halanukonuka

4.   Alex Ainley

5.   Tom Franklin

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Dan Pryor

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Pat Osborne

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Matt Faddes

15. Ben Smith (c)

Reserves

16. Ash Dixon

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Josh Hohneck

19. Joe Wheeler

20. Shane Christie (cc)

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Jason Emery

Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown ,Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan