Official team lists and injury news for this week's provincial rugby championship games.
COUNTIES MANUKAU V SOUTHLAND
7pm Friday, November 13
Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe
Counties Manukau: 1-Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 2-Donald Maka, 3-Suetena Asomua, 4-Matiaha Martin, 5-Potu Leavasa, 6-Sam Slade, 7-Alamanda Motuga, 8-Viliame Taulani, 9-Cameron Roigard, 10-Jason Robertson, 11-Sione Fifita, 12-Orbyn Leger (capt), 13-Sione Molia, 14-Kirisi Kuridrani, 15-Etene Nanai-Seturo
Reserves: 16-Zuriel Togiatama, 17-Clinton Malolua, 18-Conan O’Donnell, 19-Viliame Rarasea, 20-Dylan Leckner, 21-Jonathan Taumateine, 22-Luteru Laulala, 23-Kalione Hala.
Steelers coach Tai Lavea has dropped halfback Jonathan Taumateine to the bench, giving Cameron Roigard his first start of the season in their last game.
Lock Potu Leavasa is the only other change to the team that lost to Harbour last week, while prop Ezekiel Lindenmuth and flanker Sam Slade become the only two players to start all 10 matches this season.
Southland: 1-Ethan de Groot, 2-Greg Pleasants-Tate, 3-Siate Tokolahi, 4-Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 5-Mike McKee, 6-Charles Alaimalo, 7-Matt James, 8-Tony Lamborn (c), 9-Logan Crowley, 10-Scott Eade, 11-Tevita Latu, 12-Raymond Nu'u, 13-Isaac Te Tamaki, 14-Amanaki Nicole, 15-Rory Van Vugt
Reserves: 16-Telemaitoga Tuapati, 17-Joseph Walsh, 18-Chris Apoua, 19-Raymond Tatafu, 20-Jacob Coghlan, 21-Liam Howley, 22-Greg Dyer, 23-Jaye Thompson
Southland have made just one just one change to their matchday side, with Amanaki Nicole returning from injury, replacing Kieran Lee on the right wing.
NORTHLAND V WAIKATO
2pm Saturday, November 14
Northland: 1-Luatangi Li, 2-Jordan Olsen (c), 3-Coree Te Whata-Colley, 4-Josh Goodhue, 5-Sam Caird, 6-Tom Robinson, 7-Kara Pryor, 8-Sam Mcnamara, 9-Sam Nock, 10-Dan Hawkins, 11-Jone Macilai, 12-Tamati Tua, 13-Rene Ranger, 14-Jordan Hyland, 15-Mathew Wright
Reserves: 16-Ross Wright, 17-Tyler Kearns, 18-Kaololo Tuiloma, 19-Kane Jacobson, 20-Matt Matich, 21-Will Grant, 22-Wiseguy Faiane, 23-Scott Gregory
Northland have made a handful of changes to their side, welcoming back four key players for their clash against Waikato.
Loose forwards Tom Robinson and Kara Pryor return to the starting side,while first-five Dan Hawkins and wing Jordan Hyland - who will play in his 50th match - are also named after missing out last week.
Waikato: 1-Ollie Norris, 2-Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3-Josh Iosefa-Scott, 4-James Thompson, 5-Samipeni Finau, 6-Hamilton Burr, 7-Luke Jacobson, 8-Liam Messam, 9-Xavier Roe, 10-Beaudein Waaka, 11-Valynce Te Whare, 12-Louis Rogers, 13-Quinn Tupaea, 14-Gideon Wrampling, 15-Bailyn Sullivan
Reserves: Sekope Lopeti-Moli, 17-Rob Cobb, 18-Sefo Kautai,19-Adam Thomson, 20- Simon Parker, 21-Cortez Ratima, 22-Matty Lansdown, 23-Liam Coombes-Fabling
Waikato head coach, Andrew Strawbridge, has made several changes to his side with the majority of the changes coming in the backline.
Beaudein Waaka switches from fullback to first five-eight in place of the injured Rivez Reihana, forcing Bailyn Sullivan from the midfield into the No. 15 jersey. Sullivan’s spot at inside centre is covered by Louis Rogers, while Gideon Wrampling trades places with Liam Coombes-Fabling to start on the right wing.
In the forwards, Samisoni Taukei'aho returns to the starting XV at hooker while James Thompson moves from the bench to start at lock. Hamilton Burr moves out to blindside flanker, as the only change to the loose forwards, replacing Adam Thomson.
WELLINGTON V MANAWATU
2pm Saturday, November 14
Sky Stadium, Wellington
Wellington: 1-Xavier Numia, 2-James O'Reilly, 3-Alex Fidow, 4-Vaea Fifita, 5-James Blackwell 6-Caleb Delany, 7-Mateaki Kafatolu, 8-Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 9- Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, 10-Jackson Garden-Bachop, 11-Pepesana Patafilo, 12-Julian Savea, 13-Billy Proctor, 14-Wes Goosen, 15-Trent Renata
Reserves: 16-Tyrone Thompson, 17-Morgan Poi, 18-Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 19-Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20-Sam Smith, 21-Connor Collins, 22-Vince Aso, 23-Connor Garden-Bachop
Wellington Lions head coach Leo Crowley has made a handful of changes to his side, headlined by Julian Savea's surprising move from the left wing to second-five.
In the midfield, Savea will partner Bill Proctor, who moves from fullback, allowing Trent Renata to slot into the No.15 jersey. Three changes in the forwards see Vaea Fifita shifting from flanker to lock, while James Blackwell and Caleb Delany also come into the starting side.
Manawatū: 1-Tietie Tuimauga, 2-Siua Maile, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Liam Mitchell, 5-Micaiah Torrance-Read, 6-TK Howden, 7-Shamus Hurley-Langton, 8-Kirk Tufuga, 9-Bryn Wilson, 10-Ben Wyness, 11-Te Rangatira Waitokia, 12-James Tofa, 13-Josiah Maraku, 14-Nigel Ah Wong, 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (c)
Reserves: 16-Gene Syminton, 17-Solomona Sakalia, 18-Kyle Stewart, 19-Teofilo Paulo, 20-Johnny Galloway, 21-Griffin Culver, 22-Stewart Cruden, 23-Drew Wild
The Turbos have made just one change to their matchday squad with lock Micaiah Torrance-Read coming into the starting side in place of Teofilo Paulo, who will come off the bench.
OTAGO V TASMAN
4:30pm Saturday, November 14
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Otago: 1-Jamie Mackintosh, 2-Ricky Jackson, 3-Josh Hohneck, 4-Jack Regan, 5-Will Tucker, 6-Charles Elton, 7-Slade McDowell, 8-Nasi Manu, 9-Kayne Hammington, 10-Josh Ioane, 11-Jona Nareki, 12-Sio Tomkinson, 13-Michael Collins, 14-Freedom Vahaakolo, 15-Vilimoni Koroi
Reserves: 16-Henry Bell, 17-Sef Fa'agase, 18-Hisa Sasagi, 19-Josh Hill, 20-Dylan Nel, 21-James Arscott, 22-Mitchell Scott, 23-Sean Withy
Otago have made five changes to their starting side, with four of those coming in the backline.
Halfback Kayne Hammington returns, while Jona Nareki comes onto the left wing, with Vilimoni Koroi shifting to fullback and captain Micahel Collins moving to centre.
At No.8, Nasi Manu comes into the side, while hooker Ricky Jason will play his blazer game.
Tasman: 1-Ryan Coxon, 2-Andrew Makalio, 3-Isaac Salmon, 4-Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 5-Quinten Strange, 6-Hugh Renton, 7-Sione Havili, 8-Taina Fox-Matamua, 9-Finlay Christie, 10-Mitch Hunt, 11-Leicester Fainga'anuku, 12-Tim O'Malley, 13-Fetuli Paea, 14-Mark Telea, 15-David Havili
Reserves: 16-Quentin MacDonald, 17-Kershawl Sykes-Martin, 18-Samuel Matenga, 19-Mahonri Ngakuru, 20-Anton Segner, 21-Dwayne Polataivao, 22-Kieron Fonotia, 23-Tim Fainga'anuku
The Mako have made three changes to the starting XV that went down to Canterbury last week, with midfielder Alex Nankivell out for the season with a broken hand.
Tim O'Malley replaces Nankivell at second-five, while prop Ryan Coxon and lock Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta are the other changes.
BAY OF PLENTY V NORTH HARBOUR
2pm Sunday, November 15
Bay of Plenty: 1-Tevita Mafileo, 2-Kurt Eklund, 3-Jeff Thwaites, 4-Stan Van Den Hoven, 5-Keepa Mewett, 6-Joe Johnston, 7-Mitchell Karpik, 8-Sam Dickson, 9-Luke Campbell, 10-Otere Black (c), 11-Joe Webber, 12-Chase Tiatia, 13-Matthew Skipwith-Garland, 14-Emoni Narawa, 15- Kaleb Trask
Reserves: 16-Nathan Vella, 17-Jordan Lay, 18-Ross Geldenhuys, 19-Zane Kapel, 20-Scott Curry, 21-Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22-Dan Hollinshead, 23-Regan Ware
The Steamers have made two changes to their team with prop Tevita Mafileo and lock Keepa Mewett coming into the starting side.
Mafileo comes in for Jordan Lay who is on the bench, while Dan Hollinshead and Regan Ware are also added to the bench as backline cover.
North Harbour: 1-Nic Mayhew, 2-Luteru Tolai, 3-Sione Mafileo, 4-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5-Jacob Pierce, 6-Ethan Roots , 7-Dillon Hunt, 8-Murphy Taramai, 9-Bryn Hall, 10-Bryn Gatland, 11-Tomas Aoake, 12-Antonio Mikaele-Tu’u, 13-James Little, 14-Jared Page, 15-Shaun Stevenson
Reserves: 16 Zane Turner, 17-Teague McElroy, 18-Jimmy Roots, 19-Xavier Cowley-Tuioti, 20-Tim Sail, 21-Lewis Gjaltema, 22-Asaeli Tikorotuma, 23-Kade Banks
North Harbour have made just one change to their side with prop Nic Mayhew returning from injury.
There are also a couple of changes in the reserves as Teague McElroy moves from starter to back.
TARANAKI V HAWKE'S BAY
2pm Sunday, November 15
TET Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki: 1-Jared Proffit, 2-Bradley Slater, 3-Reuben O'Neill, 4-Josh Lord, 5-Kaylum Boshier, 6-Tom Florence, 7-Lachlan Boshier (c), 8-Pita Gus Sowakula, 9-Warwick Lahmert, 10-Stephen Perofeta, 11-Lewis Ormond, 12-Sean Wainui (c), 13-Lukas Halls, 14-Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, 15-Jayson Potroz
Reserves: 16-Ricky Riccitelli, 17-Donald Brighouse, 18-Crusader Faletagoa'i 19-Jarred Hoeate, 20-Mitchell Crosswell, 21-Shaan Waite, 22-Daniel Rona, 23-Codey Rei
Taranaki have made a bunch of changes for their final regular season game. Kaylum Boshier will play his 20th and blazer game for the Taranaki Bulls.
In the forwards, Reuben O'Neill replacing Donald Brighouse, who drops to the bench.
Kaylum Boshier moves from No.8 to lock, with Pita Gus Sowakula packing down at the back of the scrum.
In the backs, Warwick Lahmert comes in at halfback for the injured Lisati Milo-Harris, while with Lukas Halls enters the midfield.
On the bench, Shaan Waite and Daniel Rona will get their chance to impress, while Crusader Faletagoa’i may make his debut.
Hawke's Bay: 1-Namatahi Waa, 2-Kianu Kereru-Symes (c), 3-Joe Apikotoa, 4-Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5-Tom Parsons, 6-Geoff Cridge, 7-Solomone Funaki, 8-Devan Flanders, 9-Folau Fakatava, 10-Caleb Makene, 11-Jonah Lowe, 12-Neria Fomai, 13-Sam McNicol, 14-Lolagi Visinia, 15-Kurt Baker
Reserves: 16-Ash Dixon, 17-Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18-Joel Hintz, 19-Bryn Evans, 20-Gareth Evans, 21-Connor McLeod, 22-Lincoln McClutchie, 23-Stacey Ili
Brothers Bryn and Gareth Evans return to the Hawke's Bay side via the bench for their match against Taranaki.
There are a host of changes to the side which sees Kianu Kereru-Symes, Namatahi Waa, Isaia Walker-Leawere, and Solomone Funak all promoted to the starting side. The backline is largely unchanged with Sam McNicol coming in for Stacey Ili, who is on the bench.
CANTERBURY V AUCKLAND
4:30pm Sunday, November 15
Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Canterbury: 1-Daniel Lienert-Brown, 2-Brodie McAlister, 3-Oli Jager, 4-Luke Romano, 5-Sam Darry, 6-Billy Harmon, 7-Tom Christie, 8-Reed Prinsep (c), 9-Mitchell Drummond,, 10-Brett Cameron, 11-Ngane Punivai, 12-Rameka Poihipi, 13-Dallas McLeod, 14-Chay Fihaki, 15-Josh McKay
Reserves: 16-Shilo Klein, 17-Finlay Brewis, 18-Tamaiti Williams, 19-Liam Allen, 20-Tom Sanders, 21-Ereatara Enari, 22-Isaiah Punivai, 23-Andrew Knewstubb
Canterbury have named an unchanged side to face Auckland, rewarding the players who bea Tasman 29-0 last weekend.
Auckland: 1-James Lay, 2-Mike Sosene-Feagai, 3-Angus Ta’avao, 4-Scott Scrafton, 5-Hamish Dalzell, 6-Terell Peita, 7-Blake Gibson, 8-Presley Tufuga, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Harry Plummer, 11-Salesi Rayasi, 12-Tanielu Tele'a, 13-Tumua Manu 14-Joel Cobb, 15-Zarn Sullivan
Reserves: 16-Joe Royal, 17-James Lay, 18-Marco Fepulea'i, 19-Liam Hallam-Eame, 20-Niko Jones, 21-Taufa Funak, 22-Simon Hickey, 23-William Talataina-Mu
Auckland welcome back experienced trio Scott Scrafton, Blake Gibson and Tumua Manu for their match against Canterbury with all three players slotting straight back into the starting side.
The trio's return are among a host of changes which see Mike Sosene-Feagai named to start at hooker with loose forwards Terell Peita and Presley Tufuga, also coming into the starting XV.
Other changes see Harry Plummer shift to first-five, with Scott Scrafton, Blake Gibson and Tumua Manu moving into second five and Joel Cobb coming off the bench to start on the right wing.
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