• Highlanders welcome back Christie

    Shane Christie will make his first appearance of the season for the Highlanders' against the Waratahs on Saturday.

    The Tasman flank injured his hamstring during the pre-season. His inclusion sees Elliot Dixon move to No 6.

    Tom Franklin will start at No 4 lock after impressing off the bench and a reshuffle in the front row sees Ross Geldenhuys at tighthead prop.

    Pingi Tala’apitaga provides cover on the bench for Ma’afu Fia who received a knee injury during last week’s game against the Chiefs.

    Meanwhile, the Waratahs have named an unchanged starting lineup for the match.

    Highlanders – 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (c), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Josh Hohneck.
    Subs: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 John Hardie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.

    Waratahs – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (c), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
    Subs (from): Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Sam Lousi, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Taqele Naiyaravoro/Ben Volavola.

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