26 Sep 2012

Auckland stick with majority of starting XV

1:14 pm on 26 September 2012

The Auckland coach Wayne Pivac has made just one change to his starting XV for Friday's ITM Cup rugby match against Counties Manukau at Eden Park.

Ofa Tu'ungafasi starts at tighthead prop with Angus Ta'avao shifting to loosehead and Pauliasi Manu moving to the bench.

Halfback Scott Patterson is included in the squad for the first time with Auvasa Faleali'i dropping out of the 22 altogether.

The former All Black loose forward Daniel Braid remains on the bench.

Friday's match is a top of the table clash of sorts with Auckland leading the ITM Cup Premiership and Counties-Manukau leading the second tier Championship.