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Donnelly and Coltman back for Otago

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orfu.co.nz and James Mortimer     14 Sep 2013     Getty Images

With the men from the Deep South sitting third in the ITM Cup Championship, an upset win against the Red and Blacks would keep them in the running - although the defending champions have not been defeated so far this season.

Hugh Blake makes a quicker than expected return from injury to take his place in the starting loose forward trio alongside Gareth Evans who also makes a return from injury after sitting out last weeks game against Tasman with an ankle sprain.

Liam Coltman returns to a starting role with hooking partner Sam Anderson-Heather moving to the reserves.

Tom Donnelly also moves back into the the starting XV with Charlie O'Connell who will be playing his blazer game returning to the reserves.

Peter Breen returns to fullback with Buxton Popoali'i nursing a hamstring injury while Kieran Moffat moves into the mid-field vacating his wing spot for Fa'asiu Fautai.

Canterbury v Otago 4.35pm Saturday 14 September, AMI Stadium, Christchurch

1. Craig Millar
2. Liam Coltman
3. Scott Manson
4. Tom Donnelly
5. Tom Franklin
6. Gareth Evans
7. Hugh Blake
8. Paul Grant (Captain)
9. Fumiaki Tanaka
10. Hayden Parker
11. Fa'asiu Fuatai
12. Jayden Spence
13. Kieran Moffat
14. Matt Faddes
15. Peter Breen

Reserves
16. Sam Anderson-Heather
17. Tama Tuirirangi
18. Charlie O'Connell
19. TJ Ioane
20. Willis Scott
21. Josh Renton
22. Michael Collins