Highlanders Starting XV Named To Play The Crusaders in Oamaru

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Brad Thorn and Ma'A Nonu donning their new Highlanders colours. via Rugbydump

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his starting XV to play the Crusaders at Whitestone

Contracting Stadium in Oamaru tomorrow afternoon (4.30pm NZT).

This is the second pre-season game for both New Zealand franchises.

There are a number of changes from the team that played the Chiefs in Taupo last weekend;

All Blacks Tony Woodcock, Ma’a Nonu and Aaron Smith join the starting XV.

In the forwards, Brayden Mitchell will start at hooker and Jarrad Hoeata moves to lock alongside

Brad Thorn and Joe Wheeler switches from lock to blindside flanker. John Hardie also makes a return to rugby after a long injury break.

In the backs Aaron Smith, Ma’a Nonu & Kade Poki will all make a start for the Highlanders for first time in 2013.

Highlanders v Crusaders, Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru – Friday 8 February, 4.30pm (NZ Time).

1. Tony Woodcock

2. Brayden Mitchell

3. Ma’afu Fia

4. Brad Thorn

5. Jarrad Hoeata

6. Joe Wheeler

7. John Hardie

8. Elliot Dixon

9. Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Hosea Gear (c)

12. Ma’a Nonu

13. Phil Burleigh

14. Kade Poki

15. Buxton Popoalii

Reserves

Backs: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker, Fumiaki Tanaka, Shaun Treeby & Frae Wilson.

Forwards: Hugh Blake, Liam Coltman, Tom Franklin, Paul Grant, Jamie Mackintosh & Bronson Murray.

Notes:

Nil.

Injury Update

Jake Paringatai (hand – 4 weeks), Colin Slade (leg recovery 2012 – 2-3 weeks), Nasi Manu (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), Tamati Ellison (shoulder – 6 months) & Chris King (shoulder – 1 weeks).

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