Cape Town – Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has made a number of changes
to his starting line-up for their Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in
Dunedin on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 07:15 SA time.
Wellingtonian youngster Thomas Umaga-Jensen has been named to make
his Super Rugby debut in the midfield while Josh Ioane will
start for the first time at fullback.
Kayne Hammington comes into the No 9 jersey and Tevita Li returns to the left wing.
In the forwards, veteran lock Alex Ainley returns to the starting
team and joins with new All Blacks, Jackson Hemopo and Shannon Frizell,
while James Lentjes captains the team from the openside flank.
Liam Squire moves to the back of the scrum to replace Luke Whitelock,
who earns a well-deserved rest along with Ben Smith, Aaron Smith and
From a South African point of view, the Sharks need to the Highlanders to win to stand any chance of progressing to the playoffs.
15 Josh Ioane, 14 Waisake
Naholo, 13 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima
Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Liam Squire, 7 James Lentjes (captain), 6
Shannon Frizell, 5 Jackson Hemopo, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam
Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli
Substitutes: 16 Greg
Pleasants-Tate, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Tom
Franklin, 20 Dillon Hunt, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Matt Faddes, 23 Josh McKay
Jack Maddocks, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English (captain), 12 Billy
Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Amanaki
Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Matt
Philip, 3 Sam Talaki, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Fereti Sa’aga Tetera Faulkner
16 Nathan Charles, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sam
Jeffries, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Jack Debreczeni,
23 Lopeti Timani