The Highlanders have made four changes to their starting line-up for their match against the Bulls in Dunedin on Saturday.
Three changes are up among the forwards as skipper Jamie Mackintosh returns to the lead his troops. The captain was rested against the Hurricanes last week, and he takes Chris King’s place at loosehead prop. Hooker Jason Rutledge is another change in the front row as All Black Andrew Hore is relegated to the bench.
Flank Tim Boys comes into the loose trio as Nick Crosswell shifts to lock. This sees Josh Beckhuis drop to the reserves and he is bracketed with Hoani MacDonald.
There is one change in the backline. Flyhalf Mike Delany will spearhead the Highlanders with Chris Noakes on the wood.
Highlanders – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Siale Piutau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Subs: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Hoani MacDonald/Josh Bekhuis, 19 Scott Fuglistaller, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Chris Noakes, 22 Kenny Lynn.