Cape Town – Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has shuffled his
forward pack for their Super Rugby clash against the Lions in Dunedin on
Saturday (08:35 SA time).
Prop Josh Hohneck and lock Tom Franklin get a break from the
match-day squad, while loose forwards Shane Christie and Elliot Dixon move to the bench.
Prop Siosiua Halnukonuka will get his first start, while
Alex Ainley replaces Franklin in the second row.
Luke Whitelock moves from No 8 to blindside flank, making
way for Liam Squire at the back of the scrum. Dan Pryor will start at openside,
giving the pack a great deal of mobility in what is expected to be a fast paced
In the backline, hard running midfielder Rob Thompson will
make his debut for the Highlanders at inside centre and Jason Emery, who
performed well against the Hurricanes last week, will again look to make impact
from the bench.
All Black fullback Ben Smith will captain the side.
15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa,
12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam
Squire, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua
Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross
Geldenhuys, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Hayden
Parker, 23 Jason Emery
15 Jaco Van Der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Rohan Janse van
Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de
Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco
Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van
Substitutes: 16 Armand Van Der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18
Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Dillon Smit, 22
Jacques Nel, 23 Andries Coetzee