Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Super Rugby 2014 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Super Rugby
Backline stars return for Highlanders
ESPN Staff
February 11, 2014
The Highlanders' Aaron Smith celebrates his try, Hurricanes v Highlanders, Super Rugby, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, July 6, 2013
Aaron Smith was rested for the Highlanders' trial against the Crusaders © Getty Images
Enlarge

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has named his starting XV to play the New South Wales Waratahs at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, on Friday, February 14.

The Highlanders will be looking to show more of the form they displayed in the second half of their 28-15 loss to the Crusaders in Motueka last Friday.

All Blacks Aaron Smith and Ben Smith will return to their starting positions after being rested, while Shane Christie comes back after injury to take his place at No 8 in his first start for the Highlanders. Lima Sopoaga starts at fly-half while Kane Hames and Ged Robinson take their places in the front row.

Buxton Popoalii has withdrawn from the 2014 Super Rugby season and will be receiving surgery in the next couple of weeks for a long-standing heart condition. A replacement player has not yet been called into the squad.

The Highlanders play their first match of the Super Rugby season against the Blues in Dunedin at on Saturday February 22.

Highlanders: Ben Smith (captain); Patrick Osborne, Malakai Fekitoa, Shaun Treeby, Kurt Baker; Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Shane Christie, John Hardie, Gareth Evans; Josh Bekhuis, Jarrad Hoeata; Chris King, Ged Robinson, Kane Hames. Replacements: Brayden Mitchell, Matias Diaz, Craig Millar, Joe Wheeler, Tom Franklin, TJ Ioane, Lee Allan, Frae Wilson, Hayden Parker, Phil Burleigh, Winston Stanley and Richard Buckman.

Injury Update: Nasi Manu (pectoral: 1 week), TJ Ioane (AC sprain: 1 week), Elliot Dixon (hamstring: 1-2 weeks), Liam Coltman (rib: 1 week).

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Golf - World Match Play Championship
    Golf - Hong Kong Open
    Golf - Shriners Open
    Tennis - Vienna Open
  • Football

    Rodgers hints at Balotelli punishment

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed he replaced striker Mario Balotelli at half-time in the Champions League clash against Real Madrid for tactical reasons

  • Formula 1

    Caterham F1 owners could quit over ownership row

    Caterham's current owners have threatened to withdraw their management and take legal action against previous owner Tony Fernandes after claiming the shares it purchased in July have not been transferred

  • Football

    Pochettino: No problem with Vertonghen

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has rejected claims of a rift with Jan Vertonghen, insisting the Belgium defender remains happy at White Hart Lane

  • Boxing

    Quigg to face Japanese fighter Otake

    Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World super-bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake on the undercard of the blockbuster Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew rematch in Liverpool next month

  • Rugby

    Schmidt rubbishes Cave selection block

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has angrily denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has "blocked" Darren Cave's path back to the national squad

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!