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Both Smith’s start for Highlanders against Hurricanes

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Highlanders Super rugby head coach Aaron Mauger has included Aaron Smith and Ben Smith in his starting line up to play the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

Co-captain, Luke Whitelock, will play at number eight after a break last week and James Lentjes retains the number 7 shirt while the physical, Pari Pari Parkinson, will again combine with Josh Dickson in the middle row.

Josh Ioane continues at first-five after a promising start to the competition and alongside him will be a new midfield combination of Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Patelesio Tomkinson, both players combine power with pace, and Richard Buckman will earn his first start of the season on the right wing.

Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, is aware of the challenge the Hurricanes will bring “we are aware of the threats the Hurricanes present for us, our focus is on converting the opportunities we are creating into points”.

Tevita Nabura – knee (season), Liam Squire (hip) and Rob Thompson (ankle) were all unavailable due to injury.

Highlanders

1. Ayden Johnstone,2. Liam Coltman,3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Pari Pari Parkinson,5. Josh Dickson,6. Jackson Hemopo,7. James Lentjes,8. Luke Whitelock (cc),9. Aaron Smith,10. Josh Ioane,11 Tevita Li,12. Thomas Umaga-Jensen,13. Patelesio Tomkinson,14. Richard Buckman,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements :16. Ash Dixon,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Josh Iosefa-Scott,19. Tom Franklin,20. Elliot Dixon,21. Kayne Hammington,22. Marty Banks,23. Waisake Naholo

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