Action between Highlanders and Blues. Photo Courtesy/ Ultimate.

Highlanders, Blues reveal squads for weekend clash


Highlanders and Blues have named their squads ahead of Sundays’ faceoff in Dunedin.

For Highlanders, they have made two changes and two positional swaps with Josh Ioane returning to play at fly-half while Mitch Hunt has shifted to play at fullback. 

Michael Collins moves from fullback to outside centre and Rob Thompson has dropped out of the squad.  Jeff  Thwaites has started at tighthead prop with Siate Tokolahi moving to the bench.

Blues on their part have Karl Tu’inukuafe coming in for Alex Hodgman. Beauden Barrett stays at fly-half for the second game in a row.

Highlanders – 15 Mitch Hunt, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Scott Gregory, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 7 Shannon Frizell, 6 Dillon Hunt, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Jeff  Thwaites, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 20 Jesse Parete, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Jona Nareki.

Blues – 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

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Replacements: 16 Luteru Tolai, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Otere Black, 23 Harry Plummer.

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