Naholo, Treeby boost Highlanders

Winger Waisake Naholo and midfielder Shaun Treeby have returned to the Highlanders starting lineup for their match against the Force in Perth on Saturday.

Richard Buckman moves to the bench while Ryan Tongia, who scored twice on debut last week, drops out of the match 23.

Co-captain Ben Smith will become only the fourth player to rack up 100 games for the Highlanders on Saturday.

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 John Hardie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Subs: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Richard Buckman, 23 Marty Banks.

Super Rugby teams (Round 15)

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