Highlanders name unchanged matchday squad for Super Rugby Trans Tasman final

Josh Ioane will start at fullback for Highlanders
Josh Ioane will start at fullback for Highlanders
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Highlanders have named an unchanged matchday squad for the Super Rugby Trans Tasman final to be played against Auckland Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

Pari Pari Parkinson and Jona Nareki have overcome their respective injuries to be fit for the weekend's encounter while co-captain Ash Dixon is set to make his 100th appearance for the club.

Meanwhile, Blues head coach Leon MacDonald has made a solitary change to the starting line up with Akira Ioane starting at blindside flanker replacing Tom Robinson, who is sidelined with a concussion. Ioane's place in the bench has been taken by Blake Gibson.

Highlanders: 15 Josh Ioane, 14 Patelesio Tomkinson, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Scott Gregory, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (co captain), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Hugh Renton, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co captain), 1 Ethan de Groot

Reserves: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Sam Gilbert, 23 Teariki Ben-Nicholas

Blues: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman

Reserves: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 AJ Lam

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