SA prop to make Highlanders debut

Ross Geldenhuys will start at tighthead prop for the Highlanders in their pre-season match against the Crusaders in Timaru.

The 31-year-old moved to New Zealand last year, and played every game for Tasman, who lost 36-32 to Taranaki in the NPC final.

Geldenhuys represented several South African teams, including the Border Bulldogs, Western Province, Pumas, Lions (Super Rugby), Golden Lions (Currie Cup), Boland Kavaliers, Free State Cheetahs, Griffons and Eastern Province Kings.

No touring All Blacks have been included in the Highlanders squad for Saturday's match.

The Otago-based franchise will play the Brumbies and Rebels in Australia in their other two pre-season games.

Highlanders – 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Ryan Tongia, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Scott Eade, 8 Elliot Dixon (c), 7 John Hardie, 6 James Lentjes, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Subs: Kane Hames, Nasi Manu, Pingi  Ta'alapitaga, Joe Latta, Alex Ainley, Liam Howley, Hayden Parker, Tei Walden, Trent Renata, Sam Anderson Heather, Michael Collins.

Crusaders team

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