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)



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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