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Highlanders v Chiefs - 2015 Investec Super Rugby Finals Series

The Highlanders have a HOME play-off for the first time since 1999 and the game is set to be an absolute cracker. Make sure you get in quick to secure your tickets to the biggest game in town. We need all our fans to fill the stands and help us get through to the next stage of the 2015 Investec Super Rugby Finals Series.

HIGHLANDERS SEASON MEMBERS will have preferential rights to purchase their members seats and additional tickets from 8am Sunday until 8pm Monday. Please check your email for details, if you have not received an email please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office on (03) 479 9280. 

To puchase your seat please visit this website: http://season.ticketdirect.co.nz/highlanders 
You will need your customer ID (on your membership card) and the password which has been sent to your email. 

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The Highlanders have made ten positional and personnel changes to the team that was humbled by the Hurricanes in Napier. The front row is completely changed and features Daniel Lienert-Brown in his first run on game for the season, Joe Latta will also have his first game in the starting fifteen. In the back row Elliot Dixon moves to blindside, Dan Pryor returns at number eight and Gareth Evans moves to the bench. Young Otago lock, Jackson Hemopo, comes into the playing 23 for the injured Tom Franklin in what will be his debut for the Highlanders.

In the backs, Shaun Treeby, will play his 50th game for the franchise and he will partner the versatile Richard Buckman in the centre as Malakai Fekitoa has a groin injury that will sideline him for this week. All Blacks Ben and Aaron Smith return as does form winger Patrick Osborne reuniting the lethal back three of Naholo, Smith and Osborne.

Blues v Highlanders, Eden Park, Auckland - Friday 12th June, 7.35pm
1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
2. Liam Coltman
3. Josh Hohneck
4. Alex Ainley
5. Joe Latta
6. Elliot Dixon
7. John Hardie
8. Dan Pryor
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Richard Buckman
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith (c)

Reserves:
16. Ash Dixon
17. Brendon Edmonds
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Jackson Hemopo
20. Gareth Evans
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Marty Banks
23. Kurt Baker

Unavailable: Shane Christie (hamstring), Hayden Parker (shoulder), Joe Wheeler (knee), Kane Hames (knee), Mark Reddish (hand), Nasi Manu (shoulder), Malakai Fekitoa(groin)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod

Team Manager: Paul McLaughlan

 

Tomorrow night’s game will feature a new captain, vice-captain and have five players running out onto their home field when the Highlanders clash with the table topping Hurricanes. Head coach, Jamie Joseph, has named a side that features six changes to the starting line-up that so impressively defeated the Chiefs last Saturday in Invercargill 36-9.

Ash Dixon earns a start, and the captaincy, while new father Elliot Dixon returns to number eight and Gareth Evans to the blindside. Fumiaki Tanaka, Jason Emery and Marty Banks replace the rested All Blacks in the starting team.

Meanwhile Ash Dixon, Brendon Edmonds, Gareth Evans, Richard Buckman and Ryan Tongia should feel right at home at McLean Park as they all play for the ITM Cup team and current Ranfurly Shield holders, Hawkes Bay Magpies.

On the bench Stags halfback, Scott Eade, could be set for his Highlanders debut while Kurt Baker makes his second appearance in the playing 23 for 2015 after coming on against the Reds in round 3.

Hurricanes v Highlanders, McLean Park, Napier - Friday 5th June, 7.35pm
1. Brendon Edmonds
2. Ash Dixon ( C )
3. Josh Hohneck
4. Alex Ainley
5. Tom Franklin
6. Gareth Evans
7. John Hardie
8. Elliot Dixon
9. Fumiaki Tanaka
10. Lima Sopoaga (VC)
11. Ryan Tongia
12. Richard Buckman
13. Jason Emery
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Marty Banks

Reserves:
16. Liam Coltman
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Joe Latta
20. Dan Pryor
21. Scott Eade
22. Shaun Treeby
23. Kurt Baker

Unavailable: Shane Christie (hamstring), Hayden Parker (shoulder), Joe Wheeler (knee), Kane Hames (knee), Mark Reddish (hand), Nasi Manu (shoulder), Patrick Osborne (calf), Josh Renton (hamstring)

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod

Team Manager: Paul McLaughlan

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“If you build it, they will come.” It’s the most famous line from the 1989 film Field of Dreams and it’s also what inspired a farmer to turn his paddock into a rugby field for the Highlanders.

On 11th February 2016, as part of the Southern Field Days biennial event in Waimumu, the Highlanders will run out against an opposing team onto Farmlands shareholder Fred Booth’s paddock. The preseason match will be another attraction at an event that already draws in around 38,500 people over 3 days.

When the Southern Field Days committee were first approached with the concept of a rugby match, their initial response was that it might be more than they could handle, “but the Southern Field Days can-do attitude kicked in, plans were sorted and a rugby field has now appeared out of Fred’s paddock,” Southern Field Days Chairman Logan Evans says. “We welcome the Highlanders to the Southern Field Days site.”

The two teams will play for the Farmlands Cup in a match that is expected to become a regular fixture at the Field Days. “We are certainly in this for the long haul, we see it as a good fit with our fans and commercial partners and also something a little different for the Highlanders,” Highlanders Commercial Manager Mike Kerr says.

The team behind the Highlanders pride themselves on innovation. “We see this as an exciting initiative that will help us connect further with our rural fan base,” Mike says. “We have to acknowledge the great people at both the Southern Field Days and Farmlands, as without their commitment and passion to create a unique rural event this game would not be possible.”

Farmlands Chief Executive Officer, Acting Tony van der Hoorn, says that Farmlands is delighted to support the return of professional rugby to its grass roots. “To have the Highlanders compete on a shareholder’s paddock is fantastic and this will be a great event for the rural community.”

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks says it will be fantastic to welcome the Highlanders to the Field Days site. “It’s something we certainly wouldn’t have foreseen in the early days of the event. This is a terrific initiative and it’s great to see the Field Days growing all the time.”

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The Highlanders team has been named to play the Chiefs, in what is going to be a crucial match for both teams leading into  the final rounds of the 2015 Investec Super Rugby competition. Lock Mark Reddish suffered a hand injury during the 23-3 win over the Force in Perth and is replaced in the team by Tom Franklin, Joe Latta joins trhe reserves as lock cover. Richard Buckman returns to the midfield in place of Shaun Treeby. Jason Emery completes the back reserves on the bench for this match

Co-Captain, Nasi Manu, sustained a shoulder injury in the lead up to last weekend’s game and is awaiting scan results.

This will be the final home game for the Highlanders in 2015. Ben Smith’s 100th Super Rugby match will be recognised by local New Zealand Rugby Board Member Graham Cooney who will present a pounamu mere post-match. 

Highlanders v Chiefs, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill – Saturday 30th May, 7.35pm (NZT)
1. Brendon Edmonds
2. Liam Coltman
3. Josh Hohneck
4. Alex Ainley
5. Tom Franklin
6. Elliot Dixon
7. John Hardie
8. Dan Pryor
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Richard Buckman
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith (C)

Reserves:
16. Ash Dixon
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Joe Latta
20. Gareth Evans
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Marty Banks
23. Jason Emery

Unavailable: Shane Christie (hamstring), Hayden Parker (shoulder), Joe Wheeler (knee), Kane Hames (knee), Nasi Manu (s

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

For further information contact Amanda Gould 021 223 8440