Highlanders name Sopoaga at pivot


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The Highlanders have made one change to the starting XV that played the Blues at Carisbrook last weekend for their clash against the Chiefs.

Lima Sopoaga starts at first five replacing Tony Brown, who is out of the 22 with a hamstring injury sustained in the Blues match.

On the reserves bench, Brayden Mitchell comes back into the squad replacing Mo Schwalger, and Bronson Murray also comes back into the mix after an injury break.

Murray comes in for David Te Moana who has a calf injury.


Robbie Robinson, Kade Poki, Kendrick Lynn, Ben Smith, Siale Piutau, Lima Sopoaga, Jimmy Cowan, Nasi Manu, Alando Soakai, Adam Thomson, Josh Bekhuis, Jarrad Hoeata, Chris King, Jason Rutledge, Jamie Mackintosh (captain).

Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Bronson Murray, Tom Donnelly, Nick Crosswell, Aaron Smith, Matt Saunders, James Paterson.

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