Highlanders suspend two of their stars




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The Highlanders have suspended All Blacks backrower Adam Thomson and flyhalf Michael Hobbs for a Super 14 rugby match after both broke a team curfew in South Africa.

Thomson and Hobbs were not considered for selection for Saturday’s match against the defending champion and competition-leading Bulls for breaching curfew after last weekend’s 33-0 loss to the Stormers.

Highlanders coach Glenn Moore said the breach was the only offense committed by the players.

“Each week you have to earn the right to play for this team.

This slip-up, albeit out of character for these two guys, means they don’t get the opportunity to play this week,” Moore said.

Thomson has played 15 tests for New Zealand while Hobbs is the son of New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs and is the tournament’s leading try scorer.


This is the Highlanders final game of the South African leg of the competition.




1 Jamie Mackintosh ( C ) , 2 Jason Macdonald , 3 Chris King , 4 Josh Bekhuis , 5 Tom Donnelly , 6 Tim Boys , 7 Alando Soakai , 8 Steven Setephano , 9 Sean Romans , 10 Mat Berquist , 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo , 12 Jason Shoemark , 13 Kenny Lynn , 14 Ben Smith , 15 Israel Dagg


Reserves: 16. Jason Rutledge , 17. Bronson Murray , 18. Hayden Triggs , 19. John Hardie , 20. Scott Cowan , 21. Robbie Robinson

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