Hore returns for Rebels clash

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:47
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Andrew Hore returns to captain the Highlanders in their final match of the season against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

Andrew Hore returns to captain the Highlanders in their final match of the season against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

Hore’s return is one of two changes to the starting XV that played the Hurricanes in Wellington coach, Jamie Joseph and the only alteration in the pack.

In the backline, Jason Emery starts at outside centre and Tamati Ellison move to inside centre.

Liam Coltman and Shaun Treeby move to the reserves and Buxton Popoalii drops out of the matchday 22.

The Highlanders are the last-placed New Zealand side and 14th overall having won just three matches this season.

The Rebels have won four games this season and sit 12th.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Mose Tuiali'i, 7 Elliot Dixon, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn (captain), 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Jake Paringatai, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Shaun Treeby.

Date:
Friday, July 12
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19.40 (21.40 NZ time; 09.40 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Matt O'Brien (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

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