Auckland make seven changes
Friday, September 3, 2010 NZPA Getty Images
Lock Liaki Moli gets his first start in place of Kurtis Haiu, Bryce Heem has been recalled from his loan spell at Northland to cover Dave Thomas, who was concussed, while Chris Lowrey starts at No. 8.
Flanker Onosa'i Auva'a hyper extended his knee during training this week and aggravated old cartilage damage. The injury could potentially rule the 25-year-old out for the rest of the season.
Peter Saili switches from No. 8 to cover Auva'a at blindside flanker.
Atieli Pakalani returns to the wing with Charles Piutau dropping out of the squad, while centre Ben Atiga and prop Tevita Mailau also return to the starting team in place of Afoa and Stanley.
On the bench, import flanker Adam Kleeberger, who has played 22 internationals for Canada, gets his first crack for Auckland and New Zealand age group prop Angus Ta'avao replaces Pauliasi Manu.
It will be a particularly special Father's Day for Anscombe with his 19-year-old son, Gareth, named on the bench for the first time.
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