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Preview: Wellington v Waikato

13th September 2012 06:12

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Back: Alex Bradley

The return of captain Alex Bradley is one of four changes to the Waikato starting XV for their away clash with Wellington Lions on Saturday.

Number eight Bradley, after missing Tuesday's match versus Bay of Plenty, replaces Rory Grice.

Injuries to Zak Hohneck and Declan O'Donnell means flank Jono Armstrong and wing Glen Robertson will make their first starts for Waikato after both made their debuts off the bench versus North Harbour in their ITM Cup season opener.

The final change to the team is on the other wing where Tim Mikkelson returns to the XV in what will be his 50th appearance for the province.

Midfield back Jackson Willison also returns to the squad but will do so via the bench.

More to follow...

Rugby Union betting odds

The teams:

Wellington: tbc

Waikato: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Tim Mikkelson, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Sam Christie, 11 Glen Robertson, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Alex Bradley (capt), 7 Jono Armstrong, 6 Matt Vant Leven, 5 Sam Kilgour, 4 Chris Middleton, 3 Ben May, 2 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Vance Elliott, 17 Ted Tauroa, 18 Anthony Wise, 19 Rory Grice, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Joe Webber.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Kick-off: 16:35 (05:35 BST, 04:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: tba
Television match official: David Walsh
Reviewer: Neville McAlister

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