The Pulse Energy Highlanders will travel with a squad of 28 to play the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Friday night, in the first of two preseason games for 2020. The squad features 15 forwards and 13 backs and will be captained by James Lentjes and all players are expected to get some game time.

Canterbury hooker, Sabastion Siataga, has been called in as a late replacement for Ash Dixon who could not travel due to injury. The squad does not include any All Blacks as they are not scheduled to return to play until round one of the competition.

The Highlanders second, and final, preseason game is the annual Farmlands Cup fixture against the Crusaders, and it is being held in Wanaka for the first time on Friday 24th January at the Wanaka Showgrounds.

NSW Waratahs v Highlanders, Friday 17 January, 8.45pm (NZT) Leichardt Oval, Sydney

Forwards: Ayden Johnstone, Nathan Vella, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Jesse Parete, Pari Pari Parkinson, Sione Misiloi, James Lentjes (C), Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Sabastion Siataga, Isaac Salmon, Josh Dickson, Zane Kapeli, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u

Backs: Kayne Hammington, Mitch Hunt, Scott Gregory, Josh Ioane, Sio Tomkinson, Tima Fainga’anuku, Josh McKay, Folau Fakatava, Bryn Gatland, Jona Nareki, Aleki Morris, Chris Kuridrani, Michael Collins 

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