Manu and Reddish return for Highlanders play off

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has named his team to play in their Super Rugby qualifying match against the Chiefs at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Co-captain Nasi Manu and the experienced Mark Reddish make a timely return from injury to bolster the pack.

The versatile Dan Pryor, who has played in all three back row position this season, moves to the openside flank replacing the injured John Hardie.In the front row Daniel Lienert-Brown makes way for Brendon Edmonds.

Malakai Fekitoa, who has been under an injury cloud over the last few weeks, has been named to start at centre reuniting with the explosive back three of Ben Smith,Waisake Naholo and Patrick Osborne.

The game will be played in front of a capacity crowd with the covered Forsyth Barr Stadium providing the ideal setting for what will be the biggest game for the franchise since 1999.

Shane Christie (hamstring), Joe Wheeler (knee), Kane Hames (knee) John Hardie (rib) were all unavailable for selection due to injury.


1. Brendon Edmonds , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Mark Reddish , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Dan Pryor , 8. Nasi Manu (co-Captain) , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Richard Buckman , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith (co-Captain)

Replacements , 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Joe Latta , 20. Gareth Evans , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Marty Banks , 23. Shaun Treeby

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