Highlanders' Head Coach Jamie Joseph has named his team to play the Blues this weekend and dropped the All Black duo of Aaron Smith and Ma'a Nonu to the bench.
The All Black pair were disappointing is last weekend's loss to the Western Force in Perth and they have been replaced by Shaun Treeby and Fumiaki Tanaka.
There are four other changes to the side that played last week as Colin Slade replaces Hayden Parker and Trent Renata replaces Jason Emery.
In the forwards Jamie Mackintosh starts a loosehead prop and Jarrad Hoeata starts at flank.
The teams will be playing for the The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy which honours one of the characters of Otago rugby who was also in the unique position of having coached both the Highlanders and the Blues.
Otago, under Hunter's tutelage in the early 1990s, was regarded as one of the most exciting teams in New Zealand and had talent that graced the All Blacks, including players such as Jeff Wilson, Josh Kronfeld and Taine Randell.
Hunter, who also played for Otago, was coach of Otago from 1992 until 1995 and became coach of the Highlanders in the first year of Super Rugby.
He then advanced to join the New Zealand selection panel; his first year produced the first test series win by the All Blacks in South Africa.
At the end of Hunter's tenure with the All Blacks in 1999, he took over as coach of the Blues, continuing in that role until ill health forced his retirement.
Throughout his coaching career Hunter combined his passion for rugby with his profession as a detective. He died in 2002
1. Jamie Mackintosh ,2. Andrew Hore (captain) ,3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali'i,9. Fumiaki Tanaka ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Shaun Treeby ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Trent Renata ,15. Ben Smith
Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Bronson Murray ,18. Elliot Dixon ,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Aaron Smith ,21. Hayden Parker ,22. Ma'a Nonu