Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to take on the reigning champions the Chiefs in Dunedin on Friday. All three All Blacks along with Patrick Osborne, who joined the All Black’s squad as injury cover, have returned to the starting line-up and both Brayden Mitchell and Tom Franklin have played their way into the starting team after stellar performances in Invercargill against the Barbarians. Lee Allen comes onto the bench to cover for TJ Ioane who picked up an ankle injury during training this week.

A win is imperative for the Highlanders over the eighth placed Chiefs to enhance their play-off prospects. A good crowd is expected at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night to welcome Super Rugby back after the June test window.

Highlanders v Chiefs, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin – Friday 27 June, 7.35pm (NZT)

1 - Kane Hames
2 - Brayden Mitchell
3 - Ma’afu Fia
4 - Tom Franklin
5 - Joe Wheeler
6 - Elliot Dixon
7 - Shane Christie
8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9 - Aaron Smith
10 - Lima Sopoaga
11 - Patrick Osborne
12 - Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - Richard Buckman
15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)

Reserves
16 – Ged Robinson
17 – Matias Diaz
18 – Chris King
19 – Josh Bekhuis
20 – Lee Allan
21 – Fumiaki Tanaka
22 – Hayden Parker
23 – Phil Burleigh


Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod

Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

Injury update: Kurt Baker – hamstring (season), Craig Millar – shoulder (season), Buxton Popoalii – heart (season), Brad Thorn – bicep (season), Frae Wilson – knee (TBC – awaiting scan results) and John Hardie – knee (TBC – awaiting scan results).

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the players included in the team to take on the NZ Barbarians at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill on Friday 20 June. This game presents an opportunity for up and coming players to show the coaches what they are capable of and for those who have been resting over the June break to test their legs before the Highlanders take on the Chiefs in their final regular season home game at 7.35pm on Friday 27th June at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The Highlanders have named 26 players in the following positions:

Props: Kane Hames, Chris King, Ma’afu Fia and Scott Manson

Hookers: Liam Coltman and Ged Robinson

Locks: Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis, Tom Franklin and Joey Wheeler

Loose Forwards:  Lee Allan, TJ Ioane, John Hardie and Elliot Dixon

Halfback: Frae Wilson and Scott Eade

First-five Eighths: Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker

Midfield/outside backs: Jason Emery, Shaun Treeby, Phil Burleigh, Winston Stanley, Jayden Spence, Richard Buckman, Gavin Stark and Trent Renata

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph, Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod, Skills Coach – Jon Preston and Manager – Graham Purvis.

The NZ Barbarians team coached by Southland Stags Head Coach, Brad Mooar, as always has a very cosmopolitan feel and is made up of ten Southland players, three Highlanders squad members, six players from the remainder of the South Island, two players from the North Island including Rico Gear and three Japanese players from the club Panasonic.

The NZ Barbarians have named 25 players in the following positions:

Props: Alex Hodgman, JP Keon, Morgan Mitchell and Ross Geldenhuys

Hookers: Brayden Mitchell and David Hall

Locks: Alex Ainley, Michael Fatialofa, You Youngman and Craig Smith

Loose Forwards: Gareth Evans, John Dampney and Bill Fukofuka

Halfback: Toby Morland, Nick Ealey

First-five Eighths: Willie Ripia and Broc Hooper

Midfield/outside Backs: Rico Gear, Tei Walden, Willis Halahalo, Yasutaka Sasakura, Keanu Kuhukura, Jamie Verran and Bryan Milne

Head Coach – Brad Mooar, Assistant Coaches – Hoani McDonald and Clarke Dermody and Managers – Leicester Rutledge and Mike Mannix.

The Highlanders take on the NZ Barbarians at 6.30pm Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill on Friday night. There is a curtain raiser between Highlanders 1st XV competition teams Menzies College and St Peters College kicking off at 5pm (gates open at 4.30pm). 

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Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to take on the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday. After a narrow loss to the Crusaders at home last weekend the Highlanders will be looking for a bonus point win against a weakened Reds side to keep their play-off hopes alive ahead of the June break.

Liam Coltman returns to the starting hooker position after having a week off following a calf strain received during their defeat of the Hurricanes. The remainder of the team is largely unchanged, Gareth Evans will start in the number 6 jersey and Elliot Dixon moves to the bench.

Following this Friday’s game the players selected for national teams will depart to join those teams and the remainder of the squad will disassemble for a week before returning to prepare for the Highlanders v NZ Barbarians game in Invercargill on Friday 20th June (kick-off 6.30pm).

Reds v Highlanders, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – Friday 30 May, 9.40pm (NZT)

1  - Kane Hames
2  - Liam Coltman
3  - Ma’afu Fia
4  - Jarrad Hoeata 
5  - Joe Wheeler
6  - Gareth Evans
7  - Shane Christie
8  - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9  - 
Aaron Smith 
10 - Lima Sopoaga
 
11 - Patrick Osborne
12 - Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - 
Richard Buckman 
15 -
Ben Smith (co-captain)

Reserves
16 – Ged Robinson
17 – Matias Diaz

18 – Chris King
19 – Tom Franklin
20 – Elliot Dixon
21 – 
Fumiaki Tanaka
22 – Hayden Parker
23 – Phil Burleigh

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod  

Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

 

 

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to play the Crusaders at home in Dunedin on Saturday night (5.35pm kick-off). After another hard-fought victoryover the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend the team is preparing to face off against a Crusaders team hurting from a loss at home against the Sharks. The game will involve no fewer than fifteen players who attended this week’s All Black training camp. The annual South Island derby always provides an entertaining and hard fought spectacle and will be played in front of an expected 20,000 plus crowd.

Lima Sopoaga returns from an ankle injury to start at first-five and will be facing off against old team mate Colin Slade. Patrick Osborne also returns from an ankle injury and Malakai Fekitoa has been cleared to play after spending the week and All Black training camp in a moon boot. Liam Coltman is sidelined with a calf injury and expected to be available for selection next week when the Highlanders take on the Reds in Brisbane.

Highlanders v Crusaders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 24th May, 5.35pm

1 - Kane Hames
2 - Ged Robinson
3 - Chris King
4 - Jarrad Hoeata
5 - Joe Wheeler
6 - Elliot Dixon
7 - Shane Christie
8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain)
9 - Aaron Smith
10 – Lima Sopoaga
11 – Patrick Osborne
12 – Shaun Treeby
13 - Malakai Fekitoa
14 - Richard Buckman
15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)

Reserves
16 – Sam Anderson-Heather
17 – Matias Diaz
18 – Ma’afu Fia
19 – Tom Franklin
20 – Gareth Evans
21 – Fumiaki Tanaka
22 – Hayden Parker
23 – Phil Burleigh

Head Coach – Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod

Skills Coach – Jon Preston

Manager – Graham Purvis

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Highlanders to play NZ Barbarians in Invercargill

 

The Highlanders will take on the New Zealand Barbarians at Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill at 6.30pm on Friday 20th June 2014 as they finalise their preparation for their final three round robin games of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby Competition. The New Zealand Barbarians led by President Bryan Williams are very keen to see the globally respected and highly recognisable Barbarian brand showcased in the deep South.

The Barbarians will be coached by Stags coach, Brad Mooar, and managed by Leicester Rutledge. Like traditional Barbarian teams there is likely to be an international flavour to the selection along with a number of promising Stags and players from other New Zealand provinces.

Jamie Joseph commented that “it will be great to get down to Invercargill and show the Southland people how we have progressed as a team since 2013. This is an important game for us as we build into our first game back after the June break against the Chiefs.”

There will be a Highlanders 1st XV competition curtain-raiser kicking off at 5pm between Menzies College and St. Peters College showcasing the school boy talent from around the region.

Members and sponsors will receive preferential ticketing from Friday 9th May and public sales will commence on Friday 23rd May. Tickets will be available online and from all Ticket Direct outlets.

Prices: Adults $20.00, Secondary school students (13-18 years) $10.00 and children under 12 years and under FREE.  

The Highlanders would like to thank Rugby Southland and the New Zealand Barbarians for helping them bring this game to Invercargill.

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