Highlanders Super Rugby head coach Aaron Mauger has named a team with four changes for this Firday’s matcch against the Stormers in Dunedin.
The Highlanders had a bye last weekend and Mauger has made four changes from their season opener against the Blues
In the forwards, Tasman loosie Shannon Frizzel takes his place on the reserves bench, while co-captain Ash Dixon will miss the game with a back injury and will be replaced by Greg Pleasants-Tate.
In the backs, powerful Fijian winger Tevita Nabura earns a spot on the left wing and Josh Renton comes on to the bench. It is a debut game for both Frizzel and Nabura.
Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, expects a tough game “the Stormers are a big side so we expect a physical encounter, they are also a dangerous team with ball in hand in open spaces, so we are well aware of those threats and have prepared to meet those challenges. ”
“Of course for our team it’s another opportunity to put a good performance together at home for our people; we will certainly be working hard to do just that”.
The Stormers have trained in Queenstown during the week and are expected to arrive in Dunedin on Thursday.
Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), James Lentjes (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck), Ash Dixon (back) were all unavailable for selection due to injury.
1. Daniel Lienert-Brown,2. Liam Coltman,3. Siate Tokolahi,4. Jackson Hemopo,5. Tom Franklin,6. Liam Squire,7. Dillon Hunt,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Aaron Smith,10. Lima Sopoaga,11. Tevita Nabura,12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Rob Thompson,14. Waisake Naholo,15. Ben Smith (c)
Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17. Ski Seiuli, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Shannon Frizell, 20. Elliot Dixon, 21. Josh Renton, 22. Fletcher Smith, 23. Matt Faddes