The Highlanders have suffered a blow ahead of their Super Rugby match against the Lions at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday as loose forward Shane Christie has been ruled out.
Christie was ruled out for this week after he suffered a back injury in training on Thursday.
The Highlanders expect Christie to be available for selection again in Round 14.
John Hardie has been called in to start in the No 7 jersey.
1 - Chris King, 2 - Ged Robinson, 3 - Ma’afu Fia, 4 - Joe Wheeler , 5 - Josh Bekhuis, 6 - Elliot Dixon, 7 - John Hardie, 8 - Nasi Manu (co-captain) , 9 - Aaron Smith , 10 . Hayden Parker , 11 . Jason Emery, 12 . Phil Burleigh, 13 - Malakai Fekitoa, 14 - Richard Buckman , 15 - Ben Smith (co-captain)
Replacements : 16 . Liam Coltman, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Kane Hames, 19 . Tom Franklin, 20 . TJ Ioane, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Trent Renata, 23 . Gareth Evans