Baker starts for Highlanders

Date published: March 13 2014

Kurt Baker gets his first start of the Super Rugby season for the Highlanders in Saturday's clash with the Western Force.

Kurt Baker gets his first start of the Super Rugby season for the Highlanders in Saturday's clash with the Western Force.

Baker starts on the left wing in a side featuring two personnel changes and two positional switches.

Malakai Fekitoa shifts from the wing to outside centre in the place of Winston Stanley while flanker John Hardie moves from 7 to 6 as Shane Christie comes into the side and Gareth Evans drops out.

After a bye week the team is raring to go against the Western Force, who are coming off a strong win against the Melbourne Rebels.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Kurt Baker, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 John Hardie, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Craig Millar, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Phil Burleigh.

Date: Saturday 15 March
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 local (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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