MEDIA RELEASE – Friday 22 February 2014
Highlanders Named To Play Blues in Season Opener
 
Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin Saturday night (7.35pm NZT). 
 
This is the opening game of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby competition for both New Zealand franchises.
 
Six players will make their first run-on start for the Highlanders; Kane Hames, Gareth Evans, Shane Christie, Patrick Osborne, Malakai Fekitoa and Richard Buckman will all pull on the Highlanders jersey for the first time, this will also be Super Rugby debuts for Hames, Evans and Fekitoa.
 
In the reserves Ged Robinson, Matias Diaz and Craig Millar will all make their debut if they are required on the paddock (for Diaz and Millar this will also be Super Rugby debuts should they play).
 
Highlanders v Blues, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 22 February, 7.35pm (NZ Time).
1  -Kane Hames  
2  -
Liam Coltman
3  -
Chris King  
4  -
Brad Thorn
5  -
Jarrad Hoeata  
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)
 
Head Coach:Jamie Joseph
Assistant Coaches:Scott McLeod&Tony Brown
 
Unavailable due to unjury:
Elliot Dixon (hamstring – 1 week), Joe Wheeler (finger dislocation – 1-2 weeks)
 
Head Coach – Jamie Joseph
Assistant Coach – Scott McLeod, Assistant Coaches – Tony Brown and Scott McLeod , Skills Coach – Jon Preston
Manager – Graham Purvis

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