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Highlanders Super rugby head coach Aaron Mauger has named his team to play the Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin on Friday.

Mauger has named an experienced side with 74-game veteran lock, Tom Franklin, gaining his second run on start for the season and Marty Banks again will steer the ship at 10.

An injury to Waisake Naholo gives speedster and local crowd favourite Matt Faddes an opportunity to display his skills.

A strong bench, including All Blacks Elliot Dixon and Jackson Hemopo, features the exciting, young halfback Folau Fakatava and midfielder Rob Thompson, who is back after a six-week injury layoff.

Liam Squire (knee), Waisake Naholo (knee), Aaron Smith (ankle) were all unavailable due to injury.

Highlanders

1. Ayden Johnstone,2. Liam Coltman,3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Josh Dickson,5. Tom Franklin,6. Shannon Frizell,7. James Lentjes,8. Luke Whitelock (cc),9. Kayne Hammington,10. Marty Banks,11. Tevita Li,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Richard Buckman,14. Matt Faddes,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Siate Tokolahi,19. Jackson Hemopo,20. Elliot Dixon,21. Folau Fakatava,22. Josh Ioane,23. Rob Thompson

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