Rugby: First encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium for Lions

The Wellington Lions will play at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for the first time when they meet Otago on Saturday night. Photo / Getty Images.
The Wellington Lions will play at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for the first time when they meet Otago on Saturday night. Photo / Getty Images.

The Wellington Lions will play at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for the first time when they meet Otago on Saturday night and Lions coach Chris Boyd has made four changes to his starting side.

Prop Reggie Goodes returns from an eye socket injury to start at loosehead prop and Dane Coles comes back into the No 2 jersey for the ITM Cup encounter.

The only other changes to the starting XV that beat North Harbour 34-28 on Saturday see Mark Reddish and Ross Filipo swap the No 5 and 6 jerseys and Shaun Treeby coming back at second five.

On the bench, props Arden David-Perrot and Eric Sione return to the match-day 22 after recovery from injury.

Flanker Scott Fuglistaller has also been included on the pine.

Wellington: Charlie Ngatai, Alapati Leiua, Tim Bateman, Shaun Treeby, Jason Woodward, Lima Sopoaga, Frae Wilson, Genesis Mamea, Ardie Savea, Ross Filipo, Mark Reddish, Jeremy Thrush (captain), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Eric Sione, Arden David-Perrot, Kaipati Gaualofa, Kayne Hammington, Matt Proctor, Scott Fuglistaller

- APNZ

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