Highlanders name nine ABs for Reds clash

Waisake Naholo has been named to start on the wing for the Highlanders. Photo: Getty
Waisake Naholo has been named to start on the wing for the Highlanders. Photo: Getty
The Highlanders have named nine All Blacks for their Super Rugby clash with the Reds in Dunedin on Friday night.

After last week's 30-27 win over the Chiefs, Higlanders coach Aaron Mauger has brought Waisake Naholo back into the starting side on the right wing. Matt Faddes drops to the bench.

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith is another to return to the starting XV, having come off the bench in the first game.

In the forwards, All Blacks duo Shannon Frizell and Jackson Hemopo will both start, while Liam Squire is out with to a hip injury.

All Blacks openside flanker Dillon Hunt has also been elevated into the starting side. He replaces James Lentjes.

Highlanders: 15. Ben Smith (cc), 14. Waisake Naholo, 13. Rob Thompson, 12. Teihorangi Walden, 11. Tevita Li, 10. Josh Ioane, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Luke Whitelock (cc), 7. Dillon Hunt, 6. Shannon Frizell, 5. Josh Dickson, 4. Jackson Hemopo, 3. Tyrel Lomax, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Ayden Johnstone.

Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Jack Whetton, 20. Marino Mikaele Tu'u, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Marty Banks, 23. Matt Faddes.

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