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Highlanders lose Whitelock for Bulls clash



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Highlanders Super rugby head coach Tony Brown has been forced into making changes to his team to play the Bulls after a training ground injury to Luke Whitelock.

Brown has reshuffled the Highlanders loose forward trio and after losing Liam Squire last week Brown has named versatile loose forward Gareth Evans at number eight.

Aki Seiuli earns a start alongside Ash Dixon and Alex Ainley; Dixon will captain the side in his first start of the season.

Liam Coltman takes a well-earned break and Greg Pleasants-Tate and Jackson Hemopo will be looking to get their first run-on of the three week tour.

Richard Buckman returns from injury to take his place in the midfield, while utility back Teihorangi Walden will make his impact off the bench.

Shane Christie, James Lentjes, Dan Pryor, Lima Sopoaga, Ben Smith, Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire (Out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker) were all unavailable due to injury.


1. Aki Seiuli,2. Ash Dixon (c),3. Siosuia Halanukonuka,4. Alex Ainley,5. Tom Franklin,6. Elliot Dixon,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Gareth Evans,9. Aaron Smith,10. Marty Banks,11. Patrick Osborne,12. Richard Buckman,13. Malakai Fekitoa,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Matt Faddes

Replacements 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Siate Tokolahi,19. Joe Wheeler,20. Jackson Hemopo,21. Kayne Hammington,22. Fletcher Smith,23. Teihorangi Walden

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