Highlanders' Head Coach, Jamie Joseph has named his first team of the Super Rugby season for this weekend's match in Dunedin against the Blues.
Joseph has named six players to make their starting debut for the Highlanders including Kane Hames, Gareth Evans, Shane Christie, Patrick Osborne, Malakai Fekitoa and Richard Buckman who will all pull on the Highlanders jersey for the first time.
Hames, Evans and Fekitoa will also be making their Super Rugby debuts.
In the replacements Ged Robinson, Matias Diaz and Craig Millar will all make their debut if they are required on the paddock (for Diaz and Millar this will also be Super Rugby debuts should they play).
1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Liam Coltman , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Brad Thorn , 5 . Jarrad Hoeata , 6 . Gareth Evans , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)
Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Craig Millar, 19 . Josh Bekhuis, 20 . TJ Ioane, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Hayden Parker, 23 . Phil Burleigh