Highlanders forced into a late change

09th May 2014, 06:39

Share:

Back injury: Shane Christie

Back injury: Shane Christie

Highlanders openside flanker Shane Christie has been ruled out of Saturday's clash with the Lions in Dunedin due to injury.

Highlanders openside flanker Shane Christie has been ruled out of Saturday's clash with the Lions in Dunedin due to injury.

Christie sustained a back injury in training on Thursday and is expected to be on the sidelines for a week. His place in the run-on side has been taken by John Hardie.

Highlanders (revised): 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Jason Emery, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Chris King.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Kane Hames, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Gareth Evans.

Date: Saturday, May 10
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)