Highlanders make four changes for Crusaders

Date published: March 14 2019

Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has made five alterations to his starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with the Crusaders in Dunedin.

Mauger has largely stuck with the side that took on the Hurricanes last week with changes made for the two players that left the field with concussion injuries – Teihorangi Walden comes in for Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Jack Whetton for Pari Pari Parkinson.

Shannon Frizell is in for the hard-working Jackson Hemopo and Tevita Li slips out of the matchday 23 while Waisake Naholo returns to his right-wing spot.

Siate Tokolahi is restored to the bench which will have a six/two forward/back split. Folau Fakatava and Marty Banks will cover the backs while openside flankers Dillon Hunt and James Lentjes are included in the same squad for the first time this season.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (cc), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Sio Tomkinson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock (cc), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Dillon Hunt, 22 Folau Fakatava, 23 Marty Banks

Date: Saturday, March 16
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19:35 local (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), James Doleman (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)