Five changes to the Waikato side to try and win back the Ranfurly Shield in Saturday’s game against Counties Manukau.

Ben Tameifuna returns from suspension at prop, while Nick Ross and Jono Armstrong both come into the forward pack, and Sam Christie and Dylan Collier are added to the backline.

Lock Sean Hohneck is in line for his first game for the province since 2005 off the bench. Waikato lost the Ranfurly Shield to Otago nearly four weeks ago.

E rima nga wa kua whakarereketia te kapa whutuporo o Waikato mo ta ratou tukinga nui ki te kapa o Manukau Whanui mo te hira Ranfurly. Ka hoki atu a Ben Tameifuna te pouroto ki te whiira whai muri i tetahi hamene tino nui, ko Nick Ross raua ko Jono Armstrong nga tokorua hei kawe i nga mahi mo nga poumua, ko Sam Christie raua ko Dylan Collier te hunga hei whakakaha ake i nga poumuri. A, kei te rite hoki a Sean Hohneck mo te keemu nui, he tuatahitanga mona e whai waahi atu ai ia ki te kapa mai i te tau ruamano ma rima. E wha wiki ki muri ka hinga a Waikato ki a Otakou mo te hira Ranfurly. Hei apopo tutaki ai nga kapa nei.