The Pulse Energy Highlanders will play the Reds in the final round of the 2017 Investec Super Rugby Season on Friday night at home at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Head Coach Tony Brown has named a team that has a similar feel to the team that beat the British and Irish Lions team in the June break. Liam Squire, who has been side-lined with injury since round 11 after breaking his thumb against the Cheetahs, returns to the starting line up in the blind-side flank position. All Blacks, Aaron and Ben Smith will be rested for this game while Liam Coltman, Malakai Fekitoa and Waisake Naholo will run out against the Reds. Maori All Black representatives, Tom Franklin and Rob Thompson make the starting line-up and Ash Dixon is in the reserves.

Head Coach Tony Brown commented, “It’s great to have the boys all back together, we’ve had a great preparation week and are looking forward to a tough challenge against the Reds. The team is excited about putting on a great performance in what could be our last game at home in front of our fans ”.

The side will be co-captained by Luke Whitelock and Ash Dixon.

The Highlanders finals placing is yet to be determined but depending on results will likely play the Lions or Crusaders however that will not be known until the round is complete on Sunday morning.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Reds 7.35pm, Friday 14th July, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown

2. Liam Coltman

3. Siate Tokolahi

4. Jackson Hemopo

5. Tom Franklin

6. Liam Squire

7. James Lentjes

8. Luke Whitelock (CC)

9. Kayne Hammington

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Tevita Li

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Richard Buckman


16. Ash Dixon (CC)

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Guy Millar

19. Gareth Evans

20. Dan Pryor

21. Josh Renton

22. Marty Banks

23. Patelesio Tomkinson

Unavailable due to injury: Matt Faddes (Out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker, Shane Christie) 

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