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Hawkes Bay named for ITM Cup Championship Final

Magpies head coach Craig Philpott has made just one change ahead of the 2014 ITM Cup Championship decider, with Richard Buckman replaced by Mathew Berquist at 15.

Fullback Buckman suffered a knee injury during Hawke’s Bay win over Northland in the semi-finals, and will be out for at least six weeks – however is expected to link up with the Highlanders in time for their 2015 Investec Super Rugby preparations.

Thirty-one year old Berquist might not have the same level of line breaking ability of the ‘Barracuda’, but will add a new element to the Magpies kicking game.

Host’s Manawatu, top of the table finishers after the regular season, are expected to name their starting team in the next 24 hours.

Hawke’s Bay, relegated from the Premiership in 2012, are seeking re-entry to the ITM Cup’s top flight.

Hawke’s Bay team: Brendon Edmonds, Ash Dixon, Jason Marshall, Michael Allardice, Mark Abbott, Trent Boswell-Wakefield, Tony Lamborn, Brendon O'Connor, Chris Eaton, Ihaia West, Shannan Chase, Jason Shoemark, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Tongia, Mathew Berquist