You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Two Highlanders changes against Hurricanes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/05/2016

Tom Franklin of the Highlanders is tackled during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders on May 7, 2016 in Hamilton, New Zealand © Phil Walter/Getty Images Tom Franklin of the Highlanders is tackled during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders on May 7, 2016 in Hamilton, New Zealand Lock Tom Franklin and prop Dan Lienert-Brown return to the Highlanders' starting side for their Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Dunedin.

Franklin came off the bench in the 34-26 win over the Crusaders before the Highlanders had a bye last weekend.

He replaces Joe Wheeler, who drops out of the match-day squad.

Lienert-Brown was a late withdrawal against the Crusaders and his availability to face the Hurricanes on Friday night means Siosiua Halanukonuka goes to the bench.

In a hotly contested New Zealand conference, the defending champion Highlanders sit just a point above the Hurricanes.

The two sides occupy the fourth and the fifth of the five play-off spots in the Australasian group.

Highlanders: Ben Smith (capt), Waisake Naholo, Matt Faddes, Malakai Fekitoa, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dan Pryor, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Josh Hohneck, Ash Dixon, Dan Lienert-Brown. Res: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Mark Reddish, Liam Squire, Fumiaki Tanaka, Marty Banks, Teihorangi Walden.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon