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Highlanders make five changes for Chiefs

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has tinkered with his team

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Article Published: Thursday 28 June 2012|

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes to the team that lost to the Crusaders for this weekend's match against the the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow.

Four changes have been made to the Highlanders forward pack with Ma'afu Fia returning to the front row replacing Chris King, who drops to the reserves.

Jason Rutledge also starts this week with All Black Andrew Hore joining front row partner King in the reserves.

Nick Crosswell starts at lock in place of Josh Bekhuis who started against the Crusaders.

The final change in the forwards is Tim Boys who will start at openside flanker ahead of James Haskell.

In the backs only one change has been made with Kade Poki returning to the starting fifteen on the right wing in place of Kurt Baker.


1 Jamie Mackintosh (c) 2 Jason Rutledge 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 Nick Crosswell 6 Adam Thomson 7 Tim Boys 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Chris Noakes 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kade Poki 15 Ben Smith

Replacements : 16 Andrew Hore 17 Chris King 18 Josh Bekhuis 19 James Haskell 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Mike Delany 22 Buxton Popoali'i

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