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The Highlanders team has been named to play the Chiefs, in what is going to be a crucial match for both teams leading into  the final rounds of the 2015 Investec Super Rugby competition. Lock Mark Reddish suffered a hand injury during the 23-3 win over the Force in Perth and is replaced in the team by Tom Franklin, Joe Latta joins trhe reserves as lock cover. Richard Buckman returns to the midfield in place of Shaun Treeby. Jason Emery completes the back reserves on the bench for this match

Co-Captain, Nasi Manu, sustained a shoulder injury in the lead up to last weekend’s game and is awaiting scan results.

This will be the final home game for the Highlanders in 2015. Ben Smith’s 100th Super Rugby match will be recognised by local New Zealand Rugby Board Member Graham Cooney who will present a pounamu mere post-match. 

Highlanders v Chiefs, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill – Saturday 30th May, 7.35pm (NZT)
1. Brendon Edmonds
2. Liam Coltman
3. Josh Hohneck
4. Alex Ainley
5. Tom Franklin
6. Elliot Dixon
7. John Hardie
8. Dan Pryor
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Patrick Osborne
12. Richard Buckman
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith (C)

Reserves:
16. Ash Dixon
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Ross Geldenhuys
19. Joe Latta
20. Gareth Evans
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Marty Banks
23. Jason Emery

Unavailable: Shane Christie (hamstring), Hayden Parker (shoulder), Joe Wheeler (knee), Kane Hames (knee), Nasi Manu (s

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

For further information contact Amanda Gould 021 223 8440

 

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