19 Apr 2013

Six changes to Highlanders

2:31 pm on 19 April 2013

The Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made six changes to the starting team that played the Brumbies last week, as the side desperately seeks its first win of the season against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Tony Woodcock and Chris King both come back into the front row, with Jamie Mackintosh and Ma'afu Fia joining the reserves.

Josh Bekhuis comes back into lock alongside Brad Thorn.

TJ Ioane will start at No.8 for the injured Mose Tuiali'i and Jarrad Hoeata moves to the blindside flank.

In the backs, Aaron Smith comes back into the run-on XV and Jason Emery returns to centre.

Tony Ensor gets his first start for 2013 on the left wing.