ALL BLACKS prop Tony Woodcock will make his return from injury when North Harbour plays Manawatu tomorrow night in Palmerston North.
It will be his first game since he injured foot ligaments while playing for the Blues in April.
In other changes, Fijian international Malakai Ravulo will start at openside flanker, with Solomon King starting on the blindside and Brent Wilson in the reserves.
Lock Chris Smith gets a start with James King injured, while former All Black Rudi Wulf is back at centre following a shoulder injury.
Tongan under-20 midfield back Pita Akhi is to make his debut for North Harbour from the reserves bench.
North Harbour: Codey Rei, David Raikuna, Rudi Wulf, Luke McAlister, Nafi Tuitavake, Willie Walker, Chris Smylie (c), Mat Luamanu, Malakai Ravulo, Solomon King, Chris Smith, Filo Paulo, Ben Afeaki, James Parsons, Tony Woodcock
Reserves: Manu Leiataua, James Afoa, Irwin Finau, Brent Wilson, Brenton Helleur, Pita Ahki, Ken Pisi, Taione Vea.
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Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.