Robinson to lock horns with Stags

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Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014

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Robbie Robinson will start at fullback for North Harbour against Southland tomorrow night.

As predicted in The Southland Times yesterday, Robinson will play his first game in nine months after dealing with a hip injury.

Robinson played 61 games for Southland but the 24-year-old will now line up against his old team in his debut for North Harbour.

It is one of six changes North Harbour coach Steve Jackson has made from the team handed a 28-14 round one loss to Otago in Dunedin.

Robinson replaces Luke Devich at fullback. Former Waratahs first five-eighth Daniel Halangahu has been benched with Matt McGahan shifting from second five-eighth into first five-eighth.

McGahan was a New Zealand secondary schools player but headed off to play for the Melbourne Storm under-20 NRL team in 2011. This year he returned to rugby.

His move to the No 10 jersey means New Zealand sevens representative Pita Ahki will be able to slot into the second five-eighth role against Southland.

The changes in the forwards include prop Sione Mafileo replacing the injured Nic Mayhew at tighthead,

Michael Farmer is promoted to start at lock in favour of Brandon Nansen, while Zak Judge gets his opportunity at openside flanker.

North Harbour: Robbie Robinson, David Raikuna, Nafi Tuitavake, Pita Ahki, Tevita Li, Matt McGahan, Bryan Hall (c), Jim Tuitaviti, Zac Judge, Jordan Manihira, Hayden Triggs, Mike Farmer, Sione Mafileo, James Parsons, Greg Pleasants-Tate. Reserves; Ray Niuia, Franck Friconnet, Brandon Nansen, Mario Ozich, David Bason, Daniel Halangahu, Luke Devich.

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- The Southland Times

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