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Josh Blackie will not only be wearing his familiar number seven jersey when he leads the Highlanders out onto Carisbrook on Friday night, he will also be celebrating his 50th game in front of a home crowd in a Super 14 Round Six match against the Reds.

Blackie made his Highlanders debut in 2001. He has played for the Junior All Blacks, New Zealand Colts and for the New Zealand sevens team. He becomes the 15th Highlander to reach this milestone.

The game against the Reds this Friday will also two newcomers taking up the High(landers) road.

Ezra Taylor will make his first start at Super 14 level when he packs down at the back of the scrum at number eight.

Aaron Bancroft will be joining Taylor in his starting debut when he lines up at second five-eighth.

The only other change to the starting XV from last weeks game is the return of Viliame Waqaseduadua, who replaces Craig Clare – who is now out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

With the promotion of Taylor and Bancroft to the starting line up, Alando Soakai and Callum Bruce join the replacements on the bench.

Kane Thompson is the only other change to the 22 man squad that played the Blues last week. Thompson replaces Filipo Levi on the bench.

Highlanders: 15 Glen Horton, 14 Lucky Mulipola, 13 Matthew Saunders, 12 Aaron Bancroft, 11 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Ezra Taylor, 7 Josh Blackie (c), 6 Craig Newby, 5 James Ryan, 4 Hoani MacDonald, 3 Chris King, 2 Jason MacDonald, 1 Clarke Dermody.
Replacements: 16 David Hall, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Kane Thompson, 19 Alando Soakai, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Callum Bruce, 22 James Wilson

Date: Friday, 9 March
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Willie Roos (South Africa), Gary Wise (New Zealand)
Television match official: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (New Zealand), Sandy MacNeil (Australia)

 

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