Highlanders named for Bulls
Dunedin - Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has named his team to play the Bulls in a Super Rugby clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.
After a close 33-30 win against the Rebels in the previous round, the Highlanders have made few changes
to their starting line-up.
Up front, Kane Hames returns from a one week suspension and moves back into the loosehead position. Brad Thorn moves into No 4 while Jarrad Hoeata goes to the bench. Elliot Dixon will start in the No 8 jersey with co-captain Nasi Manu in the reserves, also joining the reserves this week is John Hardie.
Patrick Osborne comes back on to the wing with Kurt Baker sidelined for six weeks after being stood down for committing a tip tackle during the Rebels game.
The remainder of the backline stays unchanged for this last home game before the team heads to South Africa to play the Sharks and the Stormers.
Kick-off is at 09:35 (SA time).Teams:Highlanders:
15. Ben Smith (captain), 14. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Elliot Dixon, 7. Shane Christie, 6. Gareth Evans, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Chris King, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Craig Millar, 18. Ma’afu Fia, 19. Jarrad Hoeata, 20. John Hardie, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Trent Renata, 23. Nasi ManuBulls:
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 J J Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 William Small-Smith, 23 Morné Mellet