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 )

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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