A refreshed Pulse Energy Highlanders team will run out under the roof on Saturday night after having a bye week in round eight. Co-Captain, Ben Smith, returns to the team after suffering a concussion during the last home game against the Force but has been cleared to play after two weeks rest. He takes his place at fullback with Matt Faddes moving to the right wing and Jack Wilson on the left wing. At second-five, Rob Thompson, makes way for Jason Emery who will make his seventh appearance for the season and first start for the season after impressing off the bench in Brisbane.

Several changes have been made to the forward pack as the Pulse Energy Highlanders anticipate an upfront battle against the Sharks with Ash Dixon coming in at hooker and Josh Hohneck and Tom Franklin returning to the starting line-up. Elliot Dixon has recovered from his head cut and will team up with in-form Liam Squire and Shane Christie in the loose forwards. Alex Ainley and Craig Millar have been included in the reserves for this game after some impressive club form.

There will be an ANZAC Observance pre-game on Saturday night beginning at approximately 7.20pm with involvement from staff from the HMNZS Otago, New Zealand Army, local RSA and local veterans.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Sharks - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 22nd April (kick-off 7.35pm)

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   Shane Christie (Co-Captain)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Jack Wilson

12. Jason Emery

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Matt Faddes

15. Ben Smith (Co-Captain)



16. Liam Coltman

17. Craig Millar

18. Ross Geldenhuys

19. Alex Ainley

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Patrick Osborne

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Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg), Brendon Edmonds (knee), Marty Banks (ribs)

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

For further information contact Greg O’Brien  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   021384784

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