Super Rugby

Injured Highlanders return to face Rebels




Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has named a team with several changes to the side that beat the Waratahs for this Saturday’s clash against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Stadium.

In the forwards, regular starting lock Joe Wheeler re-joins the team and will partner with Mark Reddish who, after a good showing last week against the Waratahs, has been promoted to the starting XV.

Hardworking loose forward Luke Whitelock takes his place on the side of the scrum after recovering from a knee niggle during his week off.

Returning to the bench is versatile loose forward, Dan Pryor, and front rower Josh Hohneck. In the backs, Patrick Osborne will take his place on the left wing after overcoming a hip injury sustained during the Highlanders win over the Lions in round three.

New recruit Jack Wilson (injury replacement for Richard Buckman), will play his debut game for the Highlanders on the right wing.

Wilson, who only joined the team from the United Kingdom last week, has previously played for the Sharks in the 2015 Super Rugby competition and earned himself five caps during the season, he also played for Otago in the 2015 ITM Cup.

Hooker Ash Dixon rotates into the starting team and Liam Coltman swaps onto the bench with Otago teammate and prop, Craig Millar, joining the replacements for the first time this season.

Waisake Naholo (leg), Fumiaki Tanaka (calf), Matt Faddes (hamstring) were unavailable for selection due to injury.


1. Brendon Edmonds , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 4. Mark Reddish , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Luke Whitelock , 7. Shane Christie (cc) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Pat Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Ben Smith (cc)

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman , 17. Craig Millar , 18. Josh Hohneck , 19. Dan Pryor , 20. Elliot Dixon , 21. Josh Renton , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Jason Emery

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