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Injuries force Highlanders to change for Chiefs

Jarrad Hoeata moves across the scrum in the second row in place of Brad Thorn

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Article Published: Thursday 27 February 2014






Highlanders' Head Coach, Jamie Joseph has been forced into making four changes to the team that beat the Blues for this weekend's match against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.

Brad Thorn was injured in last week's clash with the Blues and is unavailable due to a rib injury for weeks so Jarrad Hoeata moves into the tighthead lock.

Joe Wheeler who is returning from a compound fracture in his finger starts in the loosehead lock position and John Hardie is back in the starting XV.

Joseph has shuffled the backline to cover injured winger Patrick Osborne sees Malakai Fekitoa move to the left wing and Winston Stanley into centre.

This will be Stanley's debut for the Highlanders after playing for the Western force in 2012 and 2013.

Brayden Mitchell and Matias Diaz move into the front row reserve positions with Trent Renata coming onto the bench as well.

Highlanders

1 - Kane Hames , 2 - Liam Coltman , 3 - Chris King , 4 - Jarrad Hoeata , 5 - Joe Wheeler , 6 - Gareth Evans , 7 - John Hardie , 8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain) , 9 - Aaron Smith , 10 - Lima Sopoaga , 11 - Malakai Fekitoa , 12 - Shaun Treeby , 13 - Winston Stanley, 14 - Richard Buckman , 15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)

Replacements : 16 - Brayden Mitchell, 17 - Matias Diaz, 18 - Craig Millar, 19 - Josh Bekhuis, 20 - Shane Christie, 21 - Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 - Trent Renata, 23 - Phil Burleigh

 
 
 
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