Ben Smith returns for Highlanders
Cape Town - Fullback Ben Smith returns after a three week break from injury to play his record equalling 127th game for the Highlanders and the Waratahs in Dunedin on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Smith stands beside former Highlanders captain Anton Oliver as the
club's most-capped player.
Also returning from injury is No 8
Luke Whitelock meaning a shift for Elliot Dixon to blindside flank while
Aki Seiuli and Siate Tokolahi retain their starting spots in the front
Waisake Naholo returns on the right wing, replacing Patrick Osborne,
after serving his one game suspension.
The bench has an
experienced look to it with regular starters Ash Dixon, Siosuia
Halanukonuka, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Joe Wheeler, Lima Sopoaga and Rob
Thompson all included.
Head coach Tony Brown is delighted to be back home after three weeks
on the road.
“It’s always good to be home under the roof in front of our
home fans, especially after being away for so long. I know the players
are all really looking forward to the challenge against a Waratahs side
that includes so many Wallaby players, it should be a good contest.”
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard
Buckman, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7
Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate
Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siosuia
Halanukonuka, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22
Lima Sopoaga, 23 Rob Thompson
15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz,
11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7
Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope
Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Substitutes: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 David
McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Irae