Rugby: Highlanders make four changes

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made four changes to his team to play the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow evening.

Joseph has not hesitated to rejig the side that went down to the Hurricanes in Dunedin last weekend, with two changes coming in the front row.

Captain Jamie Mackintosh replaces Chris King at loosehead prop and livewire rake Jason Rutledge joins Mackintosh in the engine room, relegating All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to the reserves.

Tim Boys will start at openside flanker, shifting Adam Thompson to the blindside and Nick Crosswell to lock. In the backs, Mike Delany will start at pivot with Chris Noakes moving back to the reserves.

The Highlanders have lost their last two games, against the Sharks and Hurricanes, to fall to seventh in the Super 15 standings. Their opponents, on the other hand, have not lost in seven weeks and have moved up to second spot.

Highlanders team the play the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow, 5.30pm:

Ben Smith, Siale Piutau, Tamati Ellison, Phil Burleigh, Hosea Gear, Mike Delany, Aaron Smith, Nasi Manu, Tim Boys, Adam Thomson, Nick Crosswell, Jarrad Hoeata, Ma'afu Fia, Jason Rutledge, Jamie Mackintosh (c).

Reserves: Andrew Hore, Bronson Murray, Hoani MacDonald/Josh Bekhuis, Scott Fuglistaller, Jimmy Cowan, Chris Noakes, Kenny Lynn.

- APNZ

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