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Milestone match for Highlander Wheeler

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016

Joe Wheeler © Phil Walter/Getty Images Joe Wheeler Lock Joe Wheeler will make his 50th appearance for the Highlanders when he runs out against Super Rugby leaders the Crusaders in Dunedin.

His inclusion is the only change to the defending champions' starting 15 from their 26-13 win over previous competition front-runners the Chiefs last weekend.

A former Crusader who is in his fourth season with the Highlanders, Wheeler comes in for Tom Franklin, who moves to the reserves for the match on Friday night.

The bench also features the return of hard-running No.8 Liam Squire, who has recovered from a hip injury.

After back-to-back wins, the Highlanders are fourth on the Australasian group and holding one of the play-off wildcards.

Highlanders: Ben Smith (capt), Waisake Naholo, Matt Faddes, Malakai Fekitoa, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dan Pryor, Elliot Dixon, Joe Wheeler, Alex Ainley, Josh Hohneck, Ash Dixon, Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Res: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Craig Millar, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Tom Franklin, Liam Squire, Fumiaki Tanaka, Marty Banks, Teihorangi Walden.

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