Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global
NZ NZ

Highlanders and Moana Pasifika name teams for pre-season fixture

By Ned Lester
(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The very first game of 2024’s Super Rugby Pacific pre-season kicks off in Queenstown on Friday (6pm NZT) with a match between the Highlanders and Moana Pasifika.

ADVERTISEMENT

Two of the bottom four finishers in the 2023 season, both sides will be out to prove a point in 2024 while recovering from some significant losses in personnel.

All Blacks Aaron Smith and Shannon Frizell have departed the Highlanders while Levi Aumua and Timoci Tavatavanawai are the big absentees for Moana this year. The latter of those players will feature off the bench against his former club on Friday, having joined the Highlanders this offseason.

Video Spacer

Rugbypass TV

Watch rugby on demand, from exclusive shows and documentaries to extended highlights from RWC 2023. Anywhere. Anytime. All for free!

Join us

Video Spacer

Rugbypass TV

Watch rugby on demand, from exclusive shows and documentaries to extended highlights from RWC 2023. Anywhere. Anytime. All for free!

Join us

While the Highlanders have named a starting unit and 14 reserves for the contest, the visiting Moana side have named an XV for each of the game’s quarters.

New Moana Pasifika recruit and former world champion with the All Blacks Julian Savea is set to feature in the second and third quarters of the game. Having made a name for himself on the left wing, Savea has expanded his skillset to include the midfield in recent years and will take the field at second five-eighth on Friday.

Related

Highlanders team to face Moana Pasifika

1. Rohan Wingham
2. Henry Bell
3. Saula Ma’u
4. Pari Pari Parkinson
5. Max Hicks
6. Oliver Haig
7. Sean Withy (c)
8. Blair Ryall
9. Folau Fakatava
10. Rhys Patchell
11. Josh Whaanga
12. Matt Whaanga
13. Tanielu Tele’a
14. Jonah Lowe
15. Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens

Reserves: Solomone Tukuafu, Jack Taylor, Jermaine Ainsley, Hugo Plummer, Billy Harmon, Hayden Michaels, Will Stodart, James Arscott, Cameron Millar, Jona Nareki, Sam Gilbert, Tevita Latu, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Martín Bogado

ADVERTISEMENT

Moana Pasifika team to face Highlanders

First 20-minute block

  1. James Lay (c)
  2. Sama Malolo
  3. Sekope Kepu
  4. Tom Savage
  5. Ofa Tauatevalu
  6. Irie Papuni
  7. Alamanda Motuga
  8. Iakopo Mapu
  9. Aisea Halo
  10. William Havili
  11. Tuna Tuitama
  12. Henry Taefu
  13. Pepesana Patafilo
  14. Viliame Fine
  15. Danny Toala

Second 20-minute block

  1. Abraham Pole
  2. Sama Malolo / Samiuela Moli
  3. Sekope Kepu (c) / Sione Mafileo
  4. Tom Savage
  5. Ofa Tauatevalu
  6. Irie Papuni
  7. Alamanda Motuga
  8. Iakopo Mapu
  9. Aisea Halo / Siaosi Nginingini
  10. William Havili / D’Angelo Leuila
  11. Tuna Tuitama
  12. Henry Taefu / Julian Savea (c)
  13. Pepesana Patafilo
  14. Kyren Taumoefolau
  15. Danny Toala

Third 20-minute block

  1. Abraham Pole / Sateki Latu
  2. Samiuela Moli
  3. Sione Mafileo
  4. Samuel Slade
  5. Allan Craig
  6. Miracle Faiilagi
  7. Sione Havili-Talitui (c)
  8. Semisi Paea
  9. Siaosi Nginingini
  10. D’Angelo Leuila
  11. Anzelo Tuitavuki
  12. Julian Savea
  13. Neria Fomai
  14. Nigel Ah Wong
  15. Kyren Taumoefolau

Fourth 20-minute block

  1. Sateki Latu
  2. Tomasi Maka
  3. Suetena Asouma
  4. Samuel Slade
  5. Allan Craig
  6. Miracle Faiilagi
  7. Sione Havili-Talitui (c)
  8. Semisi Paea
  9. Ereatara Enari
  10. Christian Lealiifano
  11. Anzelo Tuitavuki
  12. Neria Fomai
  13. Nigel Ah Wong
  14. Viliame Fine
  15. Kyren Taumoefolau
ADVERTISEMENT

Join free

LIVE

{{item.title}}

Trending on RugbyPass

Comments

0 Comments
Be the first to comment...

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Sign up for free
ADVERTISEMENT

Latest Features

Comments on RugbyPass

TRENDING
TRENDING Racing owner gets personal in bizzare public criticism of Siya Kolisi Racing owner gets personal in bizzare public criticism of Siya Kolisi
Search