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Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play Waikato on Thursday night. Two players have returned from the All Black camp to take the field – Colin Slade and Luke Whitelock.
A shoulder injury to Joe Moody in last week’s match against Waikato has ruled him out of the game, so Paea Fa’anunu returns to the loosehead prop position with Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala completing the front row. Sione Faletau will provide cover for the props from the bench.
Joel Everson will pair up with Matt Symons in the locking positions this week. Robertson has continued his rotation policy with the halfbacks, so Willi Heinz will start with Andy Ellis on the bench.
Luke Whitelock’s return to number eight and Colin Slade to fullback sees Jordan Taufua and Jamie Verran taking their places in the reserves.
NZ Sevens player Belgium Tuatagaloa may get to make his Canterbury debut against Waikato if he is required to come off the bench.
Kick-off is at 7:35pm at AMI Stadium (Addington). Tickets are available through Ticket Direct (0800 224 224 or www.ticketdirect.co.nz), The Palms, South City Champions of the World, or selected Warehouse stores.