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Mauger tinkers with Highlanders for Brumbies

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Highlanders Super Rugby head coach Aaron Mauger has named a largely unchanged side to play the Brumbies at Forysth Barr Stadiuum on Saturday.

Liam Coltman returns from injury and Tom Franklin is reinstated to the middle row allowing Alex Ainley into the starting 23 for the first time this season.

Shannon Frizell is rewarded with his first start in the number 6 jersey after a number of eye-catching performances off the bench. In the backs, Teihorangi Walden returns to the midfield to partner with Rob Thompson and Matt Faddes returns to the bench.

“Fair to say we have a good perspective of where we are at the moment as a team and over the last few weeks, we have taken some good learnings from our matches. The guys have come back fresh from the break and have trained well. Our training focus this week has been on using those recent learnings to solve a few issues that will allow us to perform come the weekend”, said Mauger.

Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck), Liam Squire (thumb) were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Coltman,3. Siate Tokolahi,4. Jackson Hemopo,5. Tom Franklin,6. Shannon Frizell,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Aaron Smith,10. Lima Sopoaga,11. Tevita Li,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Rob Thompson,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon (cc),17. Aki Seiuli,18. Kalolo Tuiloma,19. Alex Ainley,20. Elliot Dixon,21. Kayne Hammington,22. Fletcher Smith,23. Matt Faddes

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