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Preview: Hawke's Bay v Canterbury

09th October 2012 17:50

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George Whitelock of Canterbury ITM Cup v Waikato

At 7: George Whitelock

Canterbury have named George and Sam Whitelock on either flank for Wednesday's clash with Hawke's Bay.

The latter returns from international duty with the All Blacks to play in the unfamiliar position of blindside, with his brother captaining at seven.

Willi Heinz's inclusion is the only change from the backline that dominated Northland last Friday while Matt Todd is given a week on the bench.

In the other changes to the pack, Luke Katene and Codie Taylor come in for Joel Everson and Ben Funell at second-row and hooker respectively.

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The teams:

Hawke's Bay: 15 Gillies Kaka, 14 Maritino Nemani, 13 Marvin Karawana, 12 Andrew Horrell,11 Penikolo Latu, 10 Ihaia West,9 Isaac Paewai,8 Karl Lowe (capt), 7 Tivaini Fomai, 6 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 5 Maselino Paulino, 4 Ross Kennedy,3 Peter Borlase, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Mitch Alcock, 18 Johan Schoonbee, 19 Adam Bradey, 20 Michael Ruru, 21 Star Timu, 22 Bronson Neera.

Canterbury: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Telusa Veainu, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 George Whitelock (c), 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Katene, 3 Paea Fa'anunu, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Andrew Olorenshaw, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Kolio Hifo, 22 Stephen Gee.

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Kick-off: 19:35 local
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Nick Briant

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PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021