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Smith wings it for Highlanders against Bulls



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Highlanders Super rugby head coach Aaron Mauger has made a number of positional changes for the first leg of a two game South African tour which starts with the Bulls on Saturday.

Co-Captain, Ben Smith, moves to the right wing in place of Waisake Naholo and utility back, Fletcher Smith, takes the number 15 jersey.

Tyrel Lomax will start at tighthead with regular tighthead, Siate Tokolahi, having been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury. There will also be a six forward, two back split with loose forward James Lentjes returning for the first time this season and midfield back Patelesio Tomkinson making his way on to the bench.

Mauger is comfortable with the team’s work this week “the guys have travelled well and we have had a good training week in preparation to face the challenges the Bulls will present on Saturday, both teams will be looking to keep the momentum of their season going.”

The Highlanders are expecting a tough clash against the John Mitchell coached Bulls as they are currently second in the South African conference and have already beaten the Hurricanes at Loftus this season.

Siate Tokolahi (Knee) ,Liam Squire (Thumb),Richard Buckman (Neck),Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Shoulder) were all unavailable for selection.


1 .Daniel Lienert-Brown,2.Liam Coltman,3.Tyrel Lomax,4.Jackson Hemopo,5.Tom Franklin,6.Elliot Dixon,7.Dillon Hunt,8.Luke Whitelock,9.Aaron Smith,10.Lima Sopoaga,11.Tevita Li,12.Teihorangi Walden,13.Rob Thompson,14.Ben smith (cc),15.Fletcher Smith

Replacements : 16.Ash Dixon (cc),17.Aki Seiuli ,18.Kalolo Tuiloma,19.Alex Ainley,20.Shannon Frizell,21.James Lentjes22.Kayne Hammington,23.Patelesio Tomkinson

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