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Sopoaga back for Highlanders clash with Crusaders

Lima Sopoaga has replaced Hayden Parker in the starting line up

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Article Published: Thursday 22 May 2014|

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Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has named his team to play the Crusaders at home in Dunedin on Saturday with Lima Sopoaga making his return from injury.

The Highlanders go into the match on the back of a hard fought victory over the Hurricanes last week.

Sopoaga returns from an ankle injury to start at first-five and will be facing off against old team mate Colin Slade.

Patrick Osborne also returns from an ankle injury and Malakai Fekitoa has been cleared to play after spending the week and All Black training camp in a moon boot.

Liam Coltman is sidelined with a calf injury and expected to be available for selection next week when the Highlanders take on the Reds in Brisbane.

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Sam Anderson.Heather , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Ma’afu Fia , 19 . Tom Franklin , 20 . Gareth Evans , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Phil Burleigh

 
 
 
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