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- 15th Mar 2013
- KO 06:35
- Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Highlanders v Hurricanes - Super Rugby match preview
The Highlanders welcome Colin Slade back to the starting XV for Friday's clash with the Hurricanes.
Slade, who made his return to action off the bench in the 29-28 loss to the Cheetahs, replaces Lima Sopoaga at fly-half - with coach Jamie Joseph making five changes in total.
There will be a Super Rugby debut for Jason Emery in the centres, while in the pack Chris King, Jarrad Hoeata and Elliot Dixon all start.
There is a further alteration on the bench as TJ Ioane comes into the match-day squad for the first time.
The Hurricanes have made two changes to their line up for the clash in Dunedin.
James Marshall is preferred at full-back to Andre Taylor, with last season's joint-top try-scorer dropping to the bench.
Up front Ben May starts at tighthead prop, with Jeffery Toomaga-Allen injuring his sternum. Toomaga-Allen has been bracketed on the bench with Reggie Goodes.
Toomaga-Allen faces a late fitness test alongside hooker Motu Matu'u, who is doubtful with a shoulder injury. Ash Dixon is on standby to start.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Andrew Hore (capt), 3 Chris King, 4 Brad Thorn, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 6 Joe Wheeler, 7 John Hardie, 8 Elliot Dixon.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Ma'afu Fia, 18 Jake Paringatai, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Buxton Popoalii
Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Motu Matu'u / Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 tbc, 17 Reggie Goodes/Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 Andre Taylor.
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