Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to the side starting team that beat the Bulls for this week's match against the Sharks in Durban on Friday.
The Highlanders had a bye last week and Joseph has named Jarrad Hoeata to replace Brad Thorn in the second row after Thorn suffered a season ending injury in the team's last outing.
Nasi Manu returns from the reserves back to his starting position at 8 seeing Elliot Dixon move to the blindside flank with Gareth Evans heading to the reserves.
Joseph has retained the backline that played against the Bulls.
1. Kane Hames 2. Liam Coltman 3. Chris King 4. Jarrad Hoeata 5. Joe Wheeler 6. Elliot Dixon 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. Craig Millar 18. Ma'afu Fia 19. Jarrad Hoeata 20. Gareth Evans 21. Fumiaki Tanaka 22. Trent Renata 23. John Hardie