Super Rugby

Highlanders forced into change for Brumbies




Injuries and Suspension have forced Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph into making changes for Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Invercargill.

Liam Coltman has injured his toe and will be sidelined for several weeks while Jason Emery has been suspended for four weeks.

As a result Ash Dixon comes in for Coltman and the strong running Rob Thompson returns to the midfield.

Alex Ainley is the only other change to the forward pack with Joe Wheeler rotating to the bench.

Patrick Osborne returns at left wing and Jack Wilson shifts on to the right wing while Matt Faddes will make his impact from the bench.

Hooker, Greg Pleasants-Tate, who has played one game for the Blues will make his debut for the #Highlanders if he takes the field on Saturday night.

Pleasants-Tate has been playing development and club rugby in Dunedin and will relish the opportunity to get more #Superrugby game time. Siosiua Halanukonuka returns to the bench after a week off.


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Shane Christie (CC) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Ben Smith (CC)

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Craig Millar , 18. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Matt Faddes

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