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Highlanders name team for Crusaders Super Rugby warm up

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Ash Dixon of Pulse Energy Highlanders passes during the Super Rugby match between Southern Kings and Highlanders at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 02, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Highlanders Super Rugby head coach Tony Brown has named a team to play the Crusaders in a warm up match in Timaru without his internationals who are involved in the All Blacks this weekend.

Brown has named starting 15 and has included the rest of his available squad on the replacements bench with the intention of gibing everyone some game time/

The squad includes a number of provincial players from Otago and Southland to bolster the squad.

The game will serve as important build up for the Highlanders Super Rugby round 17 game against the Reds on Friday 14th July.

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon ( c ) , 3. Siate Tokolahi , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Jackson Hemopo , 6. Gareth Evans , 7. James Lentjes , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Kayne Hammington , 10.Fletcher Smith , 11.Tevita Li , 12.Rob Thompson , 13.Sio Tomkinson , 14.Gavin Stark , 15.Josh Ioane

Replacements : 16.Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17.Flynn Thomas , 18.Aki Seiuli , 19.Craig Millar , 20.Guy Millar , 21.Alex Ainley , 22.Joe Wheeler , 23.Elliot Dixon , 24.Adam Knight , 25.Dan Pryor , 26.Josh Renton , 27.Liam Howley , 28.Teihorangi Walden , 29.Thomas Umaga-Jensen , 30.Jona Nareki