Allegiance overrides heritage for Telusa Veainu

Last updated 05:00 28/03/2013

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Canterbury wing Telusa Veainu has Tongan heritage but will be lining up against Tonga A in Christchurch tonight.

Veainu will be on the left wing for the Crusaders Knights, who beat Samoa A 30-27 last Saturday.

Knights coach Scott Robertson has rung the changes in his starting lineup with Veainu and Adrian Barone remaining in the starting XV. Codie Taylor returns at hooker after making his Super 15 debut off the bench last weekend.

Jordan Taufua's callup to the Crusaders' squad touring South Africa means James Lentjes will take over the No 8 jersey for the Knights.

Tyrone Elkington moves from second five-eighth to first five-eighth with Kolio Hifo at No 12. Also starting this week are winger Mitchell Scott and forwards Mitchell Graham, Luke Katene and Scott Barrett.

The game kicks off at 5pm at Linwood RFC's ground in Kearney's Rd, Bromley.

CRUSADERS KNIGHTS: Marty Banks, Mitchell Scott, Kieron Fonotia, Kolio Hifo, Telusa Veainu, Tyrone Elkington, Ellery Wilson, James Lentjes, Gary Redmond, Scott Barrett, Luke Katene, Matt Symons (c), Mitchell Graham, Codie Taylor, Adrian Barone. Reserves: Matt Moulds, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Joel Everson, Brad Hemopo, Rameka Paraki, James Schrader, Hamish Catherwood, Alex Hodgman.

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- The Press

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