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Whitelock to captain Highlanders against Cheetahs

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Highlanders head coach Tony Brown has named his team to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday with Luke Whitelock as captain.

“The Cheetahs are an adventurous side who play an attacking brand of rugby and we’re anticipating a good battle “said Brown.

The coach has retained most of the pack that tamed the Stormers last weekend changing only Joe Wheeler from the bench to the starting XV and returning Luke Whitelock to the number eight position, who will captain the run on side.

Matt Faddes comes in at fullback for the injured Ben Smith in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Squad co-captain Ash Dixon returns from injury to play his first game of the year, meanwhile Elliot Dixon and Richard Buckman also make their way back into the 23 after a few weeks out.

Shane Christie, James Lentjes, Dan Pryor, Lima Sopoaga (out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker) were all unavailable for selection.

Highlanders

1.Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Coltman,3. Siosuia Halanukonuka,4. Joe Wheeler,5. Tom Franklin,6. Liam Squire,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock (cc ),9. Aaron Smith,10. Marty Banks,11. Patrick Osborne,12. Rob Thompson,13. Malakai Fekitoa,14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon (cc),17. Aki Seiuli,18. Siate Tokolahi,19. Elliot Dixon,20. Gareth Evans,21. KayneHammington,22. Fletcher Smith,23. Richard Buckman

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