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Baker starts for Highlanders

13th March 2014 04:02

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MALAKAI FEKITOA HIGHLANDERS

Shifts from wing to centre: Malakai Fekitoa

Kurt Baker gets his first start of the Super Rugby season for the Highlanders in Saturday's clash with the Western Force.

Baker starts on the left wing in a side featuring two personnel changes and two positional switches.

Malakai Fekitoa shifts from the wing to outside centre in the place of Winston Stanley while flanker John Hardie moves from 7 to 6 as Shane Christie comes into the side and Gareth Evans drops out.

After a bye week the team is raring to go against the Western Force, who are coming off a strong win against the Melbourne Rebels.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Kurt Baker, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 John Hardie, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Craig Millar, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Phil Burleigh.

Date: Saturday 15 March
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 19.35 local (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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