Highlanders name cover for Miller
February 10, 2000

Auckland no 8 Samiu Vahafolau, a New Zealand colt last year, will join the Otago Highlanders as cover for the injured Paul Miller, coach Peter Sloane has announced.

Miller damaged knee ligaments in the Highlanders' win over the Hurricanes in Hastings last week and is likely to be out of action for about six weeks.Vahafolau is a young player with enormous potential , being voted the player of the tournament at last year's southern hemisphere colts championship in Argentina.

The Highlanders have also called up tight head prop Daniel Godbold from King Country as a temporary replacement for Saturday's warm up game against the Chiefs in Oamaru. For this game Taine Randell remains at openside flanker after an excellent performance in that position last week.The interesting , and perhaps significant positional change, sees Marc Ellis starting at full back with Jeff Wilson moving back to the wing.

The full Highlanders squad is :

1. Joe McDonnell 2. Anton Oliver 3. Daniel Godbold 4. Brendon Timmins 5. John Blaikie 6. Kelvin Middleton 7. Taine Randell (c) 8. Matthew O'Connell 9. Byron Kelleher 10. Tony Brown 11. Rico Gear 12. Pita Alatini 13. Rua Tipoki 14. Jeff Wilson 15. Marc Ellis

subs : 16. Brendan Laney 17. Dan Parkinson 18. Jeremy Stanley 19. Samiu Vahafolau 20. Simon Maling 21. Keith Cameron 22. Tom Willis 23. Cory Brown.

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