The Pulse Energy Highlanders will play the NSW Waratahs in Queenstown this Friday,the game will complete the Highlanders three match preseason. So far the record is a loss and a draw, one week out from the opening fixture against the Blues the team will be looking for a strong performance against last year’s semi-finalists.

Head coach Jamie Joseph has named a strong combination to take the field with all three World Cup All Blacks taking the field for the first time in 2016.Also having their first matches for 2016 as will be Fumiaki Tanaka and Hayden Parker, back from their championship winning efforts with Panasonic in Japan. Parkers return will see Marty Banks rested this week.

In his debut for the Highlanders powerful Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson will combine with Malakai Fekitoa and the All Black pairing of Aaron Smith and Lima Sopoaga will be the pivots. Dan Pryor is recovered from his knee injury and will take his place on the bench with co-captain Shane Christie taking a break this week.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v NSW Waratahs, Queenstown Recreation Centre, Friday 19th February - kick-off 6.00pm

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Liam Coltman

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Luke Whitelock

7.   James Lentjes

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith ( c )

Reserves

16. Ash Dixon

17. Brendon Edmonds

18. Ross Geldenhuys

19. Mark Reddish

20. Gareth Evans

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Elliot Dixon

23. Jason Emery

24. Teihorangi Walden

25. Matt Faddes

26. Hayden Parker

27. Dan Pryor

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

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The Pulse Energy Highlanders will take on the Crusaders in the purpose built and unique setting of Fred Booth Park in Waimumu. The game will be played as part of the Southern Field Days taking place in Waimumu.
 
The Highlanders will field an almost completely different starting XV to the one that narrowly lost to Racing 92 in Hong Kong last weekend. Josh Renton, Patrick Osborne and Matt Faddes are the only three that started that game that are included as starters for this fixture. Head Coach Jamie Joseph said “obviously we wanted to give our entire squad some game time over the first two games. They have all been training well and deserve a chance to put their best foot forward for selection when the competition starts in a few weeks".
 
Pulse Energy Highlanders v Crusaders, Fred Booth Park , Waimumu Thursday 11th Feb 6.00pm
1.   Brendon Edmonds
2.   Liam Coltman
3.   Siosiua Halanukonuka
4.   Mark Reddish
5.   Tom Franklin
6.   Gareth Evans
7.   James Lentjes
8.   Luke Whitelock ( C )
9.   Josh Renton
10. Marty Banks
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Teihorangi Walden
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Matt Faddes
 
Reserves
16. Ash Dixon
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Joe Wheeler
20. Sio Tomkinson
21. Aaron Smith
22. Liam Squire
23. Jason Emery
24. Ryan Tongia
25. Lima Sopoaga
26. Elliot Dixon
27.Shane Christie
28. Jackson Hemopo
 
Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown ,Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan
 
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MEDIA RELEASE – 4 FEBRUARY 2016

The Pulse Energy Highlanders will begin their 2016 preseason campaign on Saturday 6th February in Hong Kong when they context the Natixis Cup against the Racing 92. The game is being played at Sui Sai Wan Stadium in Hong Kong kicking-off at 5.00pm local time (10.00pm NZT) and will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 2 from 9.55pm.

The first hit-out of the year will see the twenty-eight players named with new signing, Liam Squire starting at No 8 in his first game for the Highlanders and local player, Matt Faddes, running out as full back.

 

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Racing 92, Sui Sai Wan Stadium, Hong Kong, Sat 6th February, 5.00pm (local time)

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Shane Christie (C)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Josh Renton

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Richard Buckman

13. Jason Emery

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Matt Faddes            

 

Reserves:

16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Brendon Edmonds

18. Siosiua Halanukonuka

19. Jackson Hemopo

20. Sio Tomkinson

21. Liam Howley

22. Malakai Fekitoa

23. Tei Walden

24. Ryan Tongia

25. Marty Banks

26. Luke Whitelock

27. James Lentjes

28. Mark Reddish

 

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

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MEDIA RELEASE - 20 January                                     

Pulse Energy Highlanders CEO Roger Clark today announced that Head Coach Jamie Joseph has signed to coach Japan. “Obviously we have mixed emotions about Jamie moving on; we would have liked him to sign a new contract with our organization, however we understand his reasons for signing with Japan. After six seasons coaching in Super Rugby the new challenge of international rugby and the opportunity to coach the host nation at a World Cup proved to be too enticing. We couldn’t have asked any more of Jamie over the last five years; he has put his heart and soul into this club and delivered a championship.”

Joseph will take up the reins in Japan at the completion of the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season. “The timing of the announcement is not ideal but it clears up all the speculation of the last few weeks and I know Jamie well enough to know that he will continue to give everything he has to the Highlanders until that final whistle blows. That’s just who he is, so we have no concerns as a club on that front” Clark added.

The search for a new head coach will begin in earnest as soon as possible, Clark commented “clearly in conjunction with the NZRU we will be mapping out a timeline for the appointment of a new head coach.  It will be a thorough process and we will ensure the right person is appointed to lead the Highlanders through our next phase.”

Joseph, who has strong ties to Japan having played for the national side at the 1999 World Cup and played and coached for Sannix said the decision to leave the Highlanders was not an easy one.

 “The decision to move on from the Highlanders was the toughest decision I have ever had to make in my coaching career. The club, the players and the people I have worked with over the last five years mean a great deal to me and the thought of that coming to an end is tough. I take great pride in what this club and all the people within it have been able to achieve in a relatively short time. I will always be extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been involved with the club and, no matter which teams I am coaching in the future, the Highlanders will always hold a special place in my heart. In a coaching career though you have to keep looking for the next challenge, so you can grow and get better as a coach; for me the challenge of the next few years with Japan is what I need to keep moving forward. International rugby is completely different from coaching at Super Rugby level and brings with it a whole new set of challenges which I am keen to tackle. While I am looking forward to Japan, for now my focus is still with the Highlanders and ensuring we can build on last year’s success”

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