Six changes for desperate Highlanders

The Highlanders have made wholesale changes to their team out of sheer desperation ahead of their clash with Teamsheetson form Ausie side the Brumbies.

–          Ma’afu Fia starts at tighthead, Chris king drops to the bench.

–          Jarrad Hoeata joins Brad Thorn in the second row.

–          TJ Ioane wins his first start at blindside flanker.

–          Fumiaki Tanaka and Hayden Parker make their first start at 10 & 11.

–          Phil Burleigh starts at outside center.

–          Kade Poki returns from injury on the wing.

The Highlanders host the Brumbies on Friday, KO 08:35 CAT (07:35 BST)



1. Jamie Mackintosh ,2. Andrew Hore (Captain),3. Ma’afu Fia,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Jarrad Hoeata ,6. TJ Ioane ,7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali’i ,9. Fumiaki Tanaka ,10. Hayden Parker ,11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain),12. Ma’a Nonu ,13. Phil Burleigh ,14. Kade Poki ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Chris King ,18. Josh Bekhuis ,19. Elliot Dixon ,20. Aaron Smith ,21. Colin Slade ,22. Jason Emery


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