HIG v CHI

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After an exciting win in Hamilton last weekend the Highlanders have made a few changes to the starting XV for their round five clash against defending champions, NSW Waratahs. Elliot Dixon moves to six, after a strong game last week, to make way for Shane Christie who will be making his 2015 Super Rugby debut after recieving a knee injury in the final of the ITM Cup last year. Tom Franklin comes back into the starting lineup after impressing off the bench and a reshuffle in the front row sees Ross Geldenhuys start while Pingi Tala’apitaga moves on to the bench to cover for Ma’afu Fia who received a knee injury during last week’s game.  

The backline is unchanged for both the starting team and the reserves.

Highlanders v NSW Waratahs, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 14th March, 7.35pm (NZT)

1.   Josh Hohneck

2.   Liam Coltman

3.   Ross Geldenhuys

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Shane Christie

8.   Nasi Manu (c)

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Shaun Treeby

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith (c)

 

Reserves:

16. Ash Dixon

17. Brendon Edmonds

18. Pingi Tala’apitaga

19. Mark Reddish

20. John Hardie

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Marty Banks

23. Jason Emery

 

Unavailable: Richard Buckman (knee), Ma’afu Fia (knee), Dan Pryor (concussion), Kane Hames (suspended)

 

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod

Manager: Paul McLaughlan

 

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High v Chiefs

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The Highlanders have made five personnel changes and one positional change to the starting forward pack to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton this Friday. Josh Hohneck, Liam Coltman and Ma’afu Fia comprise the new look front row with Fia making his first starting team this season. Tom Franklin who has started both games game will make his impact from the bench as Joe Wheeler and Mark Reddish combine in the middle row. Gareth Evans earns his first appearance in 2015 on the blindside with Elliot Dixonshifting to the openside role.

In the backs, Lima Sopoaga returns after a one week break and combines with Shaun Treeby in the midfield. Marty Banks, who made his debut last week, returns to the bench with Jason Emery.

Chiefs v Highlanders, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton – Friday 6th March ,7.35pm (NZT)
1. Josh Hohneck
2. Liam Coltman
3. Ma’afu Fia
4. Mark Reddish
5. Joe Wheeler
6. Gareth Evans
7. Elliot Dixon
8. Nasi Manu ( c )
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith ( c )

Reserves:
16. Ash Dixon
17. Brendon Edmonds
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Tom Franklin
20. Dan Pryor
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Marty Banks
23. Jason Emery

Unavailable: Pingi Tala’apitaga (knee), Shane Christie (knee), Richard Buckman (knee), Kane Hames (suspended)

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

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 stadium

Photo credit: Chris Sullivan, Seen In Dunedin (Highlanders v Crusaders, Saturday 21st Febraury)

 

Jamie Joseph has named his team for this Friday’s clash against the St George Queensland Reds. The line-up includes several changes from their second round loss to the Crusaders; prop, Brendon Edmonds, will make his debut for the Highlanders with Josh Hohneck moving to the bench and Liam Coltman and Joe Wheeler make way for Ash Dixon and Mark Reddish in the starting XV. In the backs Marty Banks will make his playing debut coming in at first-five for Lima Sopoaga who is unavailable for this match due to family reasons. Hayden Parker and Kurt Baker are also named in the starting 23 for the first time this season.

Highlanders v Reds, Friday 27th February 7.35pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin

1.     Brendon Edmonds

2.     Ash Dixon

3.     Ross Geldenhuys

4.     Tom Franklin

5.     Mark Reddish

6.     Elliot Dixon

7.     John Hardie

8.     Nasi Manu (co-Captain)

9.     Aaron Smith

10.   Marty Banks

11.   Patrick Osborne

12.   Jason Emery

13.   Malakai Fekitoa

14.   Waisake Naholo

15.   Ben Smith (co-Captain)

 

Reserves

16.   Liam Coltman

17.   Josh Hohneck

18.   Ma'afu Fia

19.   Joe Wheeler

20.   Dan Pryor

21.   Fumiaki Tanaka

22.   Hayden Parker

23.   Kurt Baker

 

Unavailable for selection: Pingi Tala’apitaga (knee), Shane Christie (knee), Richard Buckman (knee), Kane Hames (suspended)

 

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph

Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod

Manager: Paul McLaughlan

 

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After a first round bye Highlanders’ coach Jamie Joseph has named his team for the big South Island clash against the Crusaders on Saturday night in Dunedin. As with last season the team will be co-captained by Nasi Manu and Ben Smith. Joseph has selected from a near fully fit squad with just Shane Christie (hamstring), Richard Buckman (knee) and Pingi Tala’apitaga (knee) unavailable due to injury. There are 7 players set to make their Highlander debuts including Josh Hohneck, Ross Geldenhuys and Waisake Naholo in the starting lineup.

This game is set to be a thriller as the Highlanders will look to right the wrongs of 2014 after losing to the Crusaders in the dying minutes as a try in the corner was disallowed by the TMO. 

Highlanders v Crusaders, Forsyth Barr, Dunedin – Saturday 21st Febraury 7.35pm (NZT)

1. Josh Hohneck
2. Liam Coltman
3. Ross Geldenhuys
4. Tom Franklin
5. Joe Wheeler
6. Elliot Dixon
7. John Hardie
8. Nasi Manu (c)
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith (c)
16. Ash Dixon
17. Kane Hames
18. Ma’afu Fia
19. Mark Reddish
20. Dan Pryor
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Jason Emery
23. Marty Banks

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

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