Southlander becomes one of the Boys

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Boys has played 35 games for the Highlanders but has not been wanted in the past two seasons, his only appearance coming off the bench in the win over the Crusaders in Nelson last year.

Boys, 28, has played 72 games for Southland after starting his career with Otago and was probably unlucky not to make the original Highlanders squad.

It is likely he will be pressed into immediate service on Saturday, either in the No 7 jersey or off the bench, after a diet of club rugby in Invercargill.

The Highlanders are now without any openside flankers after the season-ending injuries to John Hardie and Doug Tietjens and the suspension being served by James Haskell.

The Highlanders now have six players out for the season - Hardie, Tietjens, Colin Slade, Lima Sopoaga, Elliot Dixon and Shaun Treeby.

To add to the woes, centre Kenny Lynn has not played all season because of a neck injury and Bronson Murray, Kade Poki and Nick Crosswell did not tour South Africa because of injuries.

And centre Tamati Ellison, one of the stars of the season, limped off with a knee injury during the 16-28 loss to the Sharks in Durban last weekend.

His injury will be assessed in Dunedin tomorrow when the Highlanders will have a clearer idea of how many players will not be available for the Hurricanes' match.

The Highlanders are sixth with 34 points and the Hurricanes eighth with 30 but it is the Hurricanes who will have the momentum going to the weekend.