The Brumbies will take on the champion Crusaders with a vastly understrength lineup after coach Dan McKellar opted to rest three Wallabies for the trip to Christchurch.Waratahs vs Blues Live Stream- Super Rugby 05 April 2019
Meanwhile, Waratahs captain Michael Hooper has been given a spell and Kurtley Beale dropped to the reserves as a hurting NSW prepare to tackle the in-form Blues.Read on for all the round eight Super Rugby team news.Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger has named a new midfield for Friday’s crucial derby in Dunedin.Richard Buckman and Teihorangi Walden have taken over from Patelesio Tomkinson and Thomas Umaga-Jensen in the centres after the Highlanders’ bye week.The Highlanders are missing three injured All Blacks stars in Aaron Smith, Waisake Naholo and Liam Squire, with Kayne Hammington getting the start at halfback, Matt Faddes on the right wing and Shannon Frizell at blindside flanker.Openside flanker James Lentjes and lock Josh Dickson also get starts ahead of Dillon Hunt and Pari Pari Parkinson.Centre Rob Thompson is also back on the bench after six weeks out with injury.Meanwhile, Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has made two changes to the side that was walloped by the Crusaders last weekend.Kane Le’aupepe will make his first start at lock ahead of Liam Mitchell while Wes Goosen replaces Matt Proctor in the backline.Captain Dane Coles remains out with a calf strain while Plumtree also revealed Vince Aso’s pectoral injury would likely end his Super Rugby season.Goosen will start on the right wing, with Jordie Barrett shifting to outside centre.“I’m not big on moving players around, I’d like him to settle in his favourite position, but right now, because of injuries, we’ve had to do this,” Plumtree said of Barrett.“I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays with Ngani at the weekend because they’ve got quite different skillsets and it will be quite good to watch them play together to see how they complement each other.”HIGHLANDERS (15-1): Ben Smith (co-c), Matt Faddes, Richard Buckman, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Marty Banks, Kayne Hammington, Luke Whitelock (co-c), James Lentjes, Shannon Frizell, Tom Franklin, Josh Dickson, Tyrel Lomax, Liam Coltman, Ayden JohnstoneReserves: Ash Dixon, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Jackson Hemopo, Elliot Dixon, Folau Fakatava, Josh Ioane, Rob ThompsonHURRICANES (15-1): Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen, Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara (c), Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita, Kane Le’aupepe, James Blackwell, Ben May, Ricky Riccitelli, Fraser ArmstrongReserves: Asafo Aumua, Chris Eves, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Liam Mitchell, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Finlay Christie, Matt ProctorReferee: Glen Jackson (NZ)
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