Hore and Thorn to start for Highlanders

Last updated 21:14 07/03/2013

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Both Andrew Hore and Brad Thorn haven been named in the starting lineup for the Higlanders against the Cheetahs on Saturday night.

Hore will play his first game of 2013 after missing the beginning of the season due to suspension.

And Thorn joins Jake Paringatai in making his first start for the Southern franchise.

Despite a pretty scratchy effort against the Chiefs, the team will stick with the same backline as last week.

Changes in the run-on XV also see a number of changes on the reserves bench.

Colin Slade makes his return to the bench since suffering a broken leg.

Brayden Mitchell and Jarrod Hoeata drop out of the starting XV and are joined by Chris King and Slade.

Shaun Treeby also joins the reserves in place of Buxton Popoalii.

Highlanders v Cheetahs, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill - Saturday 9 March, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1. Tony Woodcock

2. Andrew Hore (Captain)

3. Ma'afu Fia

4. Brad Thorn

5. Josh Bekhuis

6. Joe Wheeler

7. John Hardie

8. Jake Paringatai

9. Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain)

12. Ma'a Nonu

13. Phil Burleigh

14. Kade Poki

15. Ben Smith

Reserves

16. Brayden Mitchell

17. Chris King

18. Jarrad Hoeata

19. Tim Boys

20. Fumiaki Tanaka

21. Colin Slade

22. Shaun Treeby

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