Strike power returns for Highlanders
Young first five-eighth Josh Ioane has been named in the 23 for the second time and Matt Faddes is bracketed with Josh McKay – an injury replacement for Tevita Li – after suffering a training injury to his ankle.
“Our guys have really embraced the tour so far and we have enjoyed each other’s company and have worked hard at getting our game to the level it needs to be each week.”
Ash Dixon and Daniel Lienert-Brown will both play their 50th games for the Highlanders this week.
1. Aki Seiuli, 2. Liam Coltman, Tyrel Lomax, 4. Alex Ainley, 5. Tom Franklin, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Dillon Hunt, 8. Luke Whitelock, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 11. Petelesio Tomkinson, 12. Teihorangi Walden, 13. Rob Thompson, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Ben Smith (C).
Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon (C), 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Kalolo Tuiloma, 19. Jackson Hemopo, 20. Elliot Dixon, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Josh Ioane, 23. Matt Faddes/Josh McKay.
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