Highlanders to give tried and true lineup a run

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 17:19 05/02/2014
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RETURNING: Brad Thorn hopes to play another season with the Highlanders.

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The Highlanders will roll out a slightly more experienced starting line up for Friday night's second preseason game against the Crusaders.

Half the team that started in their preseason win over the Brumbies in Queenstown last Friday were playing for the Highlanders for the first time, with some more recognisable faces running out after halftime.

Brad Thorn, Chris King and Josh Bekhuis will start in Motueka, after coming off the bench in Queenstown.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph will again give most of his squad half a game each to push their case for the season, although Nasi Manu, Shane Christie, Liam Coltman, Tom Franklin, Craig Millar, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Buxton Popoalii will not be involved.

HIGHLANDERS: Kurt Baker, Patrick Osborne, Jason Emery, Phil Burleigh, Malakai Fekitoa, Willie Ripia, Frae Wilson, Elliot Dixon, John Hardie, Gareth Evans, Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn, Ma'afu Fia, Brayden Mitchell, Chris King.

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