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Owen Franks returns to Canterbury front row to face Northland

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Canterbury Head Coach Joe Maddock has named his team to travel to Whangarei today, for their clash against Northland tomorrow night. There are six changes to the team this week, including the return of experienced prop Owen Franks, who will wear the red and black jersey for the first time since 2010. Franks replaces Oli Jager, who suffered a knee sprain in the match against Auckland.

At lock, Cullen Grace is promoted from the bench to start alongside Mitch Dunshea, and Tom Christie also earns a start this week, on the open side.

At halfback, Ereatara Enari and Mitch Drummond will swap this week, so that Enari starts and Drummond will provide cover in the reserves. Inga Finau will also line up in the midfield alongside Braydon Ennor, and the final change in the backs sees Sam Gilbert return from injury to take a spot on the right wing, with Dallas McLeod moving to the bench.

The last time the two sides met was back in 2016, with Canterbury winning that game 52-34.

Kick off in Canterbury’s week six match against Northland is 7.35pm, Friday 13 September, at Semenoff Stadium in Whangarei.

Canterbury team to play Northland:

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown

2. Brodie McAlister

3. Owen Franks

4. Cullen Grace

5. Mitchell Dunshea

6. Reed Prinsep

7. Tom Christie

8. Luke Whitelock (C)

9. Ereatara Enari

10. Brett Cameron

11. Ngane Punivai

12. Inga Finau

13. Braydon Ennor

14. Sam Gilbert

15. Josh McKay

RESERVES

16. Seb Siataga

17. Harry Allan

18. Siate Tokolahi

19. Will Tucker

20. Whetukamokamo Douglas

21. Mitchell Drummond

22. Fergus Burke

23. Dallas McLeod

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