Highlanders make five changes for Crusaders

The Highlanders have made five changes to the team that beat the Blues last week for this week’s clash against the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.


Four changes have been made to the Highlanders forward pack with Chris King returning to the front rowreplacing Ma’afu Fia, who drops out of the 22.


Josh Bekhuis and James Haskell also return to the starting eight replacing Hoani MacDonald and Tim Boys respectively. Nasi Manu also comes back intothe starting XV at number eight, and Nick Crosswell moves to the reserves bench.


In the backs only one change has been made with Aaron Smith returning to the starting halfback spot ahead of Jimmy Cowan.


On the reserves bench Scott Fuglistaller drops out of the 22 for Tim Boys, and Kade Poki comes back into the squad replacing Kenny Lynn.


Highlanders


1 Jamie Mackintosh (c) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 Josh Bekhuis 6 Adam Thomson 7 James Haskell 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Chris Noakes 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kurt Baker 15 Ben Smith


Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Nick Crosswell 19 Tim Boys 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Mike Delany 22 Kade Poki

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