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Eight potential debuts for Waikato to start ITM Cup

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Five players in the starting fifteen will make their Waikato debuts with another three potential debutants named on the bench.

Waikato head coach Johnny Walters said "we are excited to finally start the 2014 ITM Cup campaign. We have been working towards this since the start of the year and the players are chomping at the bit to finally get stuck in."

There will be no easing into the competition for Waikato as the face fellow Premiership sides Wellington, Canterbury and Taranaki in the space of 12 days.

"It is obviously a pretty tough start for us but we are confident that we have prepared well and are ready for the challenge," Walters said.

The Waikato team to play Wellington at Westpac Stadium in Wellington this Saturday (kick off 6.35pm) is:

1. Loni Uhila (1)
2. Brayden Mitchell (10)
3. Ben Tameifuna (7)
4. Nick Ross (5)
5. David Morgan *
6. Whetu Douglas (5)
7. Zak Hohneck (32)
8. Adam Burn (10)
9. Brad Weber [captain] (7)
10. Damian McKenzie *
11. Joe Webber (12)
12. Anton Lienert-Brown *
13. Jordan Payne *
14. Declan O’Donnell (18)
15. Albert Nikoro *

16. Hame Faiva (3)
17. James McGougan *
18. Josh Tyrell (3)
19. Marty Holah (83)
20. Harrison Levien *
21. Wharenui Hawera (9)
22. Shayne Anderson *