Sport Hammington at halfback for Highlanders

10:56  18 april  2018
10:56  18 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Highlanders have added a second Manawatu halfback to the roster for 2017 after signing Kayne Hammington . The 26-year-old, who played five games for the Chiefs in 2016, will link up with fellow Turbos player Aaron Smith at the Dunedin-based franchise. It is the first time Hammington has

Kayne Hammington (born 24 September 1990) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a halfback for Manawatu in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Highlanders in the international Super Rugby competition.

The inclusion of halfback Kayne Hammington and hooker Ash Dixon are the two changes to the Highlanders' starting XV to face Super Rugby opponents the Blues.© AAP Image/SNPA, Adam Binns The inclusion of halfback Kayne Hammington and hooker Ash Dixon are the two changes to the Highlanders' starting XV to face Super Rugby opponents the Blues. Halfback Kayne Hammington and hooker Ash Dixon have been brought into the Highlanders' starting side for their Super Rugby clash with the Blues.

Hammington will run out in the No.9 jersey for the first time this season, with Aaron Smith moving to the bench.

Coach Aaron Mauger says Hammington has "earned the opportunity and he is ready to give us what we need to start the game" while Smith will finish.

Dixon's inclusion is also a rotation, the co-captain swapping places with Liam Coltman, who drops to reserves.

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Biography. Another halfback from the Manawatu, Kayne Hammington has a fast pass and is nippy around the field. His dynamic style of play is expected to suit the Highlanders open flowing style.

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger has entrusted Kayne Hammington to start at halfback against the Auckland-based franchise at Eden Park on Friday night, but leaving Smith out of his starting XV for the first time this season has got nothing to do with the struggling 2-5 opposition.

Mauger has otherwise gone for a settled combination after the Highlanders' 43-17 win over the Brumbies in Dunedin.

The match against the Blues in Auckland on Friday night will be the first of five away fixtures for the Highlanders in six weeks.

They sit fourth among the New Zealand teams and seven points above the Blues but have also played a match fewer than the four other teams in the conference.

Highlanders: Ben Smith (co-capt), Waisake Naholo, Rob Thompson, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington, Luke Whitelock, Dillon Hunt, Shannon Frizell, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Siate Tokolahi, Ash Dixon (co-capt), Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Reserves: Liam Coltman, Aki Seiuli, Tyrel Lomax, Alex Ainley, Elliot Dixon, Aaron Smith, Fletcher Smith, Matt Faddes.

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