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Highlanders named to play Crusaders

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thehighlanders.co.nz and James Mortimer     19 Apr 2013     Getty Images

In the forwards, Tony Woodcock and Chris King both come back into the front row, with Jamie Mackintosh and Ma’afu Fia joining the reserves. In the middle row, Josh Bekhuis comes back into lock alongside the evergreen Brad Thorn. Mose Tuiali’i has sustained a knee injury, so TJ Ioane will start at number 8 and Jarrad Hoeata moves to the blindside flank.

In the backs, Aaron Smith comes back into the run-on XV and Jason Emery returns to centre. Tony Ensor gets his first starts for 2013 on the left wing.

Highlanders v Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch – Saturday 20 April, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1. Tony Woodcock
2. Andrew Hore (captain)
3. Chris King
4. Brad Thorn
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. Jarrad Hoeata
7. John Hardie
8. TJ Ioane
9. Aaron Smith
10. Hayden Parker
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Jason Emery
14. Tony Ensor
15. Ben Smith

Reserves

16. Liam Coltman
17. Ma’afu Fia
18. Jamie Mackintosh
19. Elliot Dixon
20. Fumiaka Tanaka
21. Colin Slade
22. Jake Paringatai