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Preview: Canterbury v Wellington

06th September 2012 08:30

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Adam Whitelock on a run for Canterbury

Moved to 13: Adam Whitelock

Canterbury have made four changes to their side ahead of Saturday's ITM Cup meeting with Wellington Lions at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

Coach Tabai Matson has brought back prop Joe Moody while hooker Ben Funnell returns, with experienced front-row Corey Flynn also back from injury but having to settle for warming the bench.

In the backline, Adam Whitelock moves from right wing to outside centre as Robbie Fruean takes a place on the bench. Winger Patrick Osborne will make his first start of the ITM Cup season.

Number eight Nasi Manu plays his 50th match.

Meanwhile, the Lions hand Solomona Sakalia his first start at loosehead, with hooker Dane Coles returning alongside him.

Openside flanker Scott Fuglistaller is also back in the starting XV, which leads to Ardie Savea going to number eight. The backline is unchanged from the one that beat Southland.

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The teams:

Canterbury: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz , 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Luke Katene, 4 Dom Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Paea Fa'anunu, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Telusa Veainu, 22 Robbie Fruean.

Wellington Lions: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Tim Bateman, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Lua Lokotui, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush (c), 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Solomona Sakalia.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Whetu Henry, 19 Ross Filipo, 20 Kayne Hammington, 21 Genesis Mamea, 22 Ope Peleseuma.

Date: Saturday, September 8
Kick-off: 16:35 local (05:35 BST, 04:35 GMT)
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Jonathon White

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