Rising All Black star Brendon Leonard will get the chance to put his test experience to use when he starts at halfback for Waikato in Thursday night's Air New Zealand Cup opener against Manawatu in Palmerston North. More... WAIKATO: Jared Payne, Sosene Anesi, Dwayne Sweeney, Roimata Hansell-Pune, Roy Kinikinilau, Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard; Liam Messam, Marty Holah, Steven Bates, Toby Lynn, Jono Gibbes, Nathan White, Tom Willis (capt), Craig West. Reserves: Vern Kamo, Aled de Malmanche, Mark Burman, Steven Setephano, William Ripia, Jackson Willison, James Kamana. Very strong looking foward pack named. Waikato backs should have a field day.