Waikato coach rings changes for Harbour clash
The changes have been rung for Waikato as they go into an important match against North Harbour tomorrow night (7.35pm kickoff).
The Mooloo men are looking to get their premiership campaign back on track after successive heavy home defeats to Canterbury last Friday and Taranaki on Wednesday.
Coach Johnny Walters has made nine changes to his starting XV for the crossover match at QBE Stadium.
It features a whole new front row, with props Loni Uhila and Ben Tameifuna returning, and hooker Hame Faiva over his ankle injury and getting his first start of the season.
Flankers Whetu Douglas and Zak Hohneck are back on the side of the scrum in the other changes to the forward pack.
In the backline, captain Brad Weber has been reinstated in place of All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow, while Damian McKenzie returns at first five-eighth, Anton Lienert-Brown is at second five-eighth after overcoming his ankle niggle, and wider training squad member Chauncy Edwardson will earn his first cap, at centre.
Lock Nick Ross also returns via the bench.
Waikato: Albert Nikoro, Declan O'Donnell, Chauncy Edwardson, Anton Lienert-Brown, Joe Webber, Damian McKenzie, Brad Weber (c), Adam Burn, Zak Hohneck, Whetu Douglas, Jacob Skeen, Luke Katene, Ben Tameifuna, Hame Faiva, Loni Uhila. Reserves: Brayden Mitchell, Josh Hohneck, Nick Ross, Zane Kapeli, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Wharenui Hawera, Regan Ware.