Highlanders name new faces for Super Rugby Kick-off

The 2019 Investec Super Rugby competition kicks off this Friday in Hamilton when the Chiefs host the Highlanders in the first game of the season.

In the pack, loosehead prop, Ayden Johnstone, will make his Super Rugby debut alongside All Blacks Liam Coltman and Tyrel Lomax as Josh Dickson and Pari Pari Parkinson form the locks duo.

At number eight and co-captain is Luke Whitelock who pair’s with Jackson Hemapo at blindside flank and James Lentjies at opebsidse flack for the back three trio.

Kayne Hammington is preferred at scrumhalf with All Blacks Aaron Smith heading the bench. Hammington pairs with Josh Ione for play decisions round the field with a strong midfield of Thomas Umaga Jensen, Rob Thompson and an experienced back three trio.

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