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Highlanders change five

15th May 2014 06:40

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50th Highlanders game: Jarrad Hoeata

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes to his side for Friday's clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

After a hard-fought one-point victory over the Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium last week the team will be looking to secure a vital away win against their Kiwi rivals.

Chris King's one week suspension sees Kane Hames move back into the starting line-up. Aki Seiuli will warm the bench after being called up from club rugby as prop cover with both King and Brayden Mitchell unavailable. Liam Coltman is at hooker with Ged Robinson on the bench.

Jarrad Hoeata returns to the team in what will be his 50th Super Rugby game after debuting in 2010 for the Chiefs against the Lions. Shane Christie starts ahead of John Hardie on the flank.

Hayden Parker makes his second start at fly-half with Lima Sopoaga still recovering from a high ankle sprain received in South Africa against the Stormers. Sopoaga is expected to be available for the clash against the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr on Saturday 24th May.

Shaun Treeby starts ahead of Phil Burleigh at inside centre.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Jason Emery, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Aki Seuli, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka 22 Trent Renata, 23 Phil Burleigh.

Date: Friday, May 16
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 local (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)

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