Discarded All Black Stephen Donald is one of several Super Rugby players that will appear on the Waikato bench when they play Taranaki in their final pre-season encounter at Albert Park, Te Awamutu, on Wednesday.
Donald's dream of making New Zealand's World Cup squad appeared over recently after he was omitted from the All Blacks pre-season training camps.
However, he will get a few chances to redeem himself in New Zealand national provincial championships in the coming weeks.
Donald - along with players like Aled de Malmanche, Ben May, Toby Smith and Romana Graham - appear on a very powerful Waikato bench for Wednesday's outing.
Waikato: 15 Tim Mikkelson, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Declan O'Donnell, 10 Trent Renata, 9 Malcolm Barnes, 8 Alex Bradley, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Matt Vant Leven, 5 Chris Middleton, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Nathan White (captain), 2 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 1 Ted Tauroa.
Replacements - from: Aled de Malmanche, Ben May, Toby Smith, Zak Hohneck, Rory Grice, Romana Graham, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Stephen Donald, Sam Christie, Rena Schuster.
Date: Wednesday, July 6
Venue: Albert Park, Te Awamutu
Kick-off: 16.00 (04.00 GMT)
Referee: Shane McDermott
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