Hore, Cowan start for Landers

Jamie Joseph has named veterans Andrew Hore and Jimmy Cowan in the Highlanders run-on side for their match against the Blues on Saturday.

The All Black duo were on the bench in the win over the Bulls last week. They were promoted ahead of hooker Jason Rutledge and scrumhalf Aaron Smith respectively.

There are also three other changes as wing Kurt Baker, flyhalf Chris Noakes and lock Hoani MacDonald are awarded starts. Baker and Noakes come in for Siale Piutau and Mike Delany respectively, while MacDonald slots in the second row with Nick Crosswell switching to No 8 to fill in for Nasi Manu.

Highlanders – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kurt Baker, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Nick Crosswell, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Hoani MacDonald, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Subs: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Scott Fuglistaller, 20 Aaron Smith, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Kenny Lynn.