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22nd August 2014 07:54

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Motu Matu u Wellington ITM Cup 2014

Motu Matu┐u: Starts at two for Wellington

Wellington will welcome the return of some experienced players for their clash with Northland in Whangarei on Saturday.

Prop Reggie Goodes, hooker Motu Matu'u, and lock Kaipati Gaualofa will add some reinforcement to the forward pack, while scrum-half Frae Wilson makes a welcome return after undergoing knee surgery.

The Lions won this match 30-10 in Whangarei last year.

Prior to that, the two provinces have met sporadically, with Wellington's previous two visits to the far north resulting in a 41-7 win in 2009, and a 43-27 win in 2005.

More to follow...

Northland: tbc

Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Ope Peleseuma, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Tau Mamea, 10 James So'oialo, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Pau Halafihi, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Kaipati Gaualofa, 3 Eric Sione, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Fahamokioa, 17 Taniela Koroi, 18 James Wall, 19 Henry Stowers, 20 Sheridan Rangihuna, 21 Fa'atonu Fili, 22 Chase Tiatia.

Date: Saturday, August 23
Kick-off: 14:35 local (03:35 BST, 02:35 GMT)
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Brendon Pickerill

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