Canterbury make two changes to face Waikato

Last updated 17:17 20/08/2014
Tom Taylor
FORCED OUT: Utility back Tom Taylor will miss Canterbury's NPC clash with Waikato on Friday night after cracking his eye socket in the big victory over Auckland.

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Canterbury coach Scott Robertson has made two changes to the starting side that thrashed Auckland 48-9 last weekend as he prepares for their second National Provincial Championship match against Waikato in Hamilton on Friday night.

The cracked eye socket suffered by Tom Taylor in the second half of the National Provincial Championship opener against Auckland has resulted in him being replaced by Rob Thompson at second five-eighth.

Jack Goodhue has been pulled out of the wider training group to take a seat on the reserve bench and could potentially earn his first Canterbury cap.

The other change is at lock where Matt Symons, who played for the Chiefs this year, will switch with Joel Everson for a starting position.

Canterbury: Richie Mo'unga, Patrick Osborne, Adam Whitelock, Rob Thompson, Johnny McNicholl, Tyler Bleyendaal, Willi Heinz (c), Luke Whitelock, Jed Brown, Matt Todd, Scott Barrett, Matt Symons, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman. Reserves: Ben Funnell,  Siate Tokolahi, Joel Everson, Tom Sanders, Mitchell Drummond, Jack Goodhue, Milford Keresoma.

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