Highlanders recall Haskell
31 May 2012
James Haskell returns to the Highlanders’ starting line up for Friday’s game against the Crusaders following a four week ban for punching.
The Englishman replaces Tim Boys, who drops to the bench. In other changes Chris King returns to tighthead in place of Ma’afu Fia, Josh Bekhuis comes back in for Hoani Macdonald and Nasi Manu bumps off Nick Crosswell at No 8.
Aaron Smith is the only change in the backs, replacing Jimmy Cowan at scrumhalf, while Kade Poki comes into the reserves ahead of Kendrick Lynn.
Highlanders - 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kurt Baker, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 James Haskell, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Subs: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Kade Poki.