NZ latest – Landers keep it steady

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Landers keep it steady - The Highlanders have made one change for their match against the Cheetahs in Invercargill.

Lock Josh Bekhuis comes off the bench for Tom Donnelly, who started in the win over the Brumbies last weekend. Also among the subs, David Te Moana regains his spot in place of Halani Aulika and Robbie Robinson also makes a return to the squad.

Highlanders - 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Siale Piutau, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh(c).
Subs: 16 Mo Schwalger, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Aaron Smith, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 James Paterson.

SBW will return to the ring – Sonny Bill Williams is set to fight in his fourth professional boxing match on 6 June, when the Crusaders have their second bye this season.

The star centre, who beat Australian Scott Lewis in January while recovering from a stress fracture in his leg, will fight to raise NZ$100 000 for earthquake-ravaged Canterbury. No opponent has been named yet, but Williams wants to fight against a competitive boxer for the bout dubbed the ‘Clash for Canterbury’.

‘I’m blessed to be able to make a good earning as a sportsman,’ Williams told the local New Zealand media. ‘I want to help the hardships people have gone through. This [donation] is a no-brainer for me.

‘I feel it’s a bit of the unknown mixing the two sports. It’s never been done. There is an element of fear and risk but I want to test the boundaries.’

Cruden gets second chance – Flyhalf Aaron Cruden has revealed that he will start for the Hurricanes when they take on the Brumbies on Saturday.

The 21-year-old All Black has suffered from poor form this season, which saw him lose his first-choice place to Daniel Kirkpatrick in the Canes’ last two games. However, Cruden confirmed he will start in Canberra and hopes to produce an impressive showing.

‘I’m a guy who likes to attack the line and be a threat from 10, so that’s what I’ve been working on in recent weeks and hopefully I can get back to that on Saturday night,’ Cruden told stuff.co.nz.