MacKintosh returns for Highlanders against Blues

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph has made two changes to the starting team that played the Reds in Dunedin last Friday with Jamie MacKintosh returning to the side to face the Blues.

Jamie MacKintosh will make his first start for the Super Rugby season and replaced Tony Woodcock who has suffered a hamstring strain.

Mose Tuiali’i, who has joined the Highlanders as injury cover for Nasi Manu, will also start tomorrowat number 8 with Elliot Dixon returning to the reserves.

Kade Poki has a rib injury and was not considered for selection but could be back in a week.

Shaun Treeby’s hamstring should keep him our for 2-3 weeks while Tony Woodcock (hamstring) could be available next week.

Highlanders

1. Jamie Mackintosh ,2. Andrew Hore (Captain),3. Chris King ,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. Jarrad Hoeata 7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali’i ,9. Aaron Smith,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain),12. Ma’a Nonu ,13. Jason Emery ,14. Buxton Popoalii ,15. Ben Smith

Reserves16. Liam Coltman ,17. Ma’afu Fia ,18. TJ Ioane ,19. Elliot Dixon ,20. Fumiaki Tanaka ,21. Lima Sopoaga ,22. Phil Burleigh

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