Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Chiefs in Hamilton
tomorrow night. 

Four players will make their Highlanders debut; All Black Andrew Hore will start at hooker for
the first time in Highlanders colours alongside fellow All Black Hosea Gear. Gear will make his
run-on debut for the Highlanders since transferring from the Hurricanes in the off-season. 

Tamati Ellison, who returned to New Zealand from Japan last night, will start at centre and Otago
playmaker Buxton Popoali’i will make his Highlanders debut on the right wing.

The reserves include three newcomers; English international, James Haskell, Bay Of Plenty lock Culum Retallick and Kurt Baker who returns to the squad of 22 after a lengthy injury layoff. 

Highlander’s v Chiefs, Rugby Park Hamilton, Saturday 25 February, 7.35pm.
1 Jamie Mackintosh (C)
2 Andrew Hore
3 Chris KING
4 Josh Bekhuis
5 Nick Crosswell
6 Adam Thomson
7 John Hardie
8 Nasi Manu
9 Jimmy Cowan
10 Chris Noakes
11 Hosea Gear
12 Phil Burleigh
13 Tamati Ellison
14 Buxton Popoali’i
15 Ben Smith
16 Jason Rutledge
17 Bronson Murray
18 Culum Retallick
19 James Haskell
20 Aaron Smith
21 Lima Sopoaga
22 Kurt Baker
Head Coach – Jamie Joseph, Assistant Coach – Simon Culhane & Manager – Leicester Rutledge

Injured Update:  Jarrad Hoeata (shoulder), Siale Piutau (ankle), Kade Poki (knee), Kenny Lynn (neck), Colin Slade (groin) Shaun Treeby (knee) & Ma’afu Fia (hamstring).

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