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

 

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