Super Rugby

Highlanders bring Squire back for Reds




The Highlanders have named an under full strength team to play the Reds but have included Liam Squire for the match in Brisbane.

All Blacks, Ben Smith, Luke Whitelock, Shannon Frizell and Liam Coltman are not included this week however Waisake Naholo will start in his normal right-wing spot while Squire returns from his round three injury to take his place on the bench, he will be accompanied by Aaron Smith and Richard Buckman, who will be making his first appearance of the season.

Lock, Josh Dickson and hooker, Greg Pleasants- Tate also come into the match day playing 23.

An elbow injury to Elliot Dixon, sustained in last week’s game against the Waratahs, means a new look back row.

James Lentjes will play in the blindside flanker position and Marino Mikaele Tu’u earns his first run on of the season. Teihorangi Walden returns to his midfield partnership with Rob Thompson and it will be a Highlanders’ debut for young fullback Josh McKay.

“We have had a good training week and there is a real determination amongst the group to meet the challenge on Saturday. The Reds in Brisbane are always a difficult prospect and their performance last week demonstrates their capabilities,” said assistant coach Mark Hammett.

Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), Siate Tokolahi (knee) Elliot Dixon (elbow) Guy Millar (knee) were no available for selection.


Daniel Lienert-Brown , Ash Dixon (c) , Tyrel Lomax , Jackson Hemopo , Tom Franklin , James Lentjes , Dillon Hunt , Marino Mikaele Tu’u , Kayne Hammington , Lima Sopoaga , Tevita Li , Teihorangi Walden , Rob Thompson , Waisake Naholo , Josh McKay

Replacements : Greg Pleasants-Tate , Aki Seiuli , Kalolo Tuiloma , Josh Dickson , Liam Squire , Aaron Smith , Josh Ioane , Richard Buckman

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