Super Rugby

Highlanders fill Naholo void with Faddes

Matt Faddes (Supplied)
Matt Faddes (Supplied)

Cape Town - Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has made several changes to his starting line-up for Friday’s Super Rugby derby with the Hurricanes in Dunedin.

Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.

There are six alterations in all to the side which lost to the Blues in Auckland in Round 6 with four changes made to the backline and two to the forwards.

In the backs, Matt Faddes replaces the injured Waisake Naholo on the right wing while Richard Buckman and Teihorangi Walden come in for Patelesio Tomkinson and Thomas Umaga-Jensen to form a new centre combination.

With All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith also injured, Kayne Hammington will start at No 9 in the final change to the backs.

In the forwards, James Lentjes takes over from Dillon Hunt on the openside flank while Josh Dickson is preferred to Pari Pari Parkinson at lock.

Teams:

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Luke Whitelock (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone

Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Rob Thompson

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Kane Le'aupepe, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Liam Mitchell, 21 Du'Plessis Kirifi, 22 Finlay Christie, 23 Matt Proctor

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