Thorn to win 100th SuperRugby cap against Sharks

The Highlanders have named Brad Thorn to win his 100th Super Rugby in this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Sharks in Dunedin.

Thorn will join hi fellow Highlander Chris King who also reached this significant milestone in 2013.

Thorn made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2001 and played 92 games for the red & blacks up until the end of 2011.

Thorn linked with the Highlanders in 2013 and he joins a small and illustrious group of centurions, with only Anton Oliver (127 games), Jimmy Cowan (108), Tony Brown (108) and Chris King (102) also to reach the milestone while playing for the southern franchise.

Highlanders’ Head Coach Jamie Joseph said of Thorn, “Brad is a great player who brings a work ethic like no other. He’s a natural leader within our environment, and he has added a massive amount to our leadership group this season”.

Highlanders Chief Executive Roger Clark said: “On behalf of the Highlanders franchise, and all those who support Brad, we offer our congratulations on achieving 100 Super Rugby games. He brings up this milestone in a Highlanders jersey with his family in attendance, which is special for all of us”.

Jamie Joseph has made four changes to the starting team that played the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday 20 April. The Highlanders forward pack remains unchanged from the eight that started against the Crusaders.

In the backs, Colin Slade starts at 10 and Hayden Parker moves back to the reserves. Ma’a Nonu has been ruled out through injury, bringing Shaun Treeby back into the starting XV in his place.

Tamati Ellison makes a long awaited return from a shoulder injury and he will start at centre. Phil Burleigh will start on the right wing.


1. Tony Woodcock,2. Andrew Hore (captain),3. Chris King,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Josh Bekhuis,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. John Hardie,8. TJ Ioane,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Shaun Treeby ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Phil Burleigh ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Ma’afu Fia ,18. Elliot Dixon ,19. Joe Wheeler,20. Fumiaka Tanaka ,21. Hayden Parker ,22. Jason Emery

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