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Highlanders name Starting XV to face Crusaders

Brad Thorn starts against his former team the Crusaders

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Article Published: Wednesday 5 February 2014|

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has named his starting team to play in the Crusaders in their second Super Rugby warm up which is against the Crusaders in Motueka.

The Highlanders beat the Brumbies 15-11 in Queenstown last week and will now go up against another former Super Rugby champion side the Crusaders.

The Crusaders beat a development side 67-5 last week on Friday so both teams go into the Super Rugby warm up on the back of a victory.

As with all Super Rugby warm ups it is expected that nearly all players in both squads will get some game time.

The Highlanders take on the Waratahs next Friday in Newcastle in what will be their final preseason game.


1.Chris King , 2.Braydon Mitchell , 3.Ma'afu Fia , 4.Brad Thorn , 5.Josh Bekhuis , 6.Gareth Evans , 7.John Hardie , 8.Elliot Dixon , 9.Frae Wilson , 10.Willie Ripia , 11.Malakai Fekitoa , 12.Phil Burleigh , 13.Jason Emery , 14.Patrick Osborne , 15.Kurt Baker

Non-travelling squad members: Nasi Manu, Shane Christie, Liam Coltman, Tom Franklin, Craig Millar, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Buxton Popoalii. ,

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