The Pulse Energy Highlanders will field a strong side against the Blues for Friday’s clash at Eden Park.

The forwards will have the experience of Liam Coltman, Tom Franklin and Luke Whitelock combined with exciting young players, Pari Pari Parkinson and Shannon Frizell. Hooker, Ray Niuia, will get his first start from the bench with Josh Dickson and Jackson Hemopo adding plenty of size to the game day 23.

In the backs, Thomas Umaga-Jensen will again partner Patelesio Tomkinson in the midfield, while the experienced Marty Banks gets his first start at first-five. Young pivots, Folau Fakatava and Josh Ioane, will provide cover for the inside pairing and the versatile Richard Buckman rounds out the back reserves.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Blues – 7.35pm, Friday 22nd March, Eden Park

  1. Ayden Johnstone
  2. Liam Coltman
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Pari Pari Parkinson
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Shannon Frizell
  7. Dillon Hunt
  8. Luke Whitelock (cc)
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Marty Banks
  11. Tevita Li
  12. Thomas Umaga-Jensen
  13. Patelesio Tomkinson
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith (cc)

RESERVES

  1. Ray Niuia
  2. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  3. Siate Tokolahi
  4. Josh Dickson
  5. Jackson Hemopo
  6. Folau Fakatava
  7. Josh Ioane
  8. Richard Buckman

Unavailable due to injury: Tevita Nabura – knee (season) Liam Squire (knee ) Rob Thompson (ankle)

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