Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes to the team that lost to the Crusaders for this week's Super Rugby match against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday
The Highlanders lost in the final minute of their match to the Crusaders in Dunedin last week and will be looking for a bonus point win against a weakened Reds side to keep their play-off hopes alive ahead of the June break.
Liam Coltman returns to the starting hooker position after having a week off following a calf strain received during their defeat of the Hurricanes.
The remainder of the team is largely unchanged, Gareth Evans will start in the number 6 jersey and Elliot Dixon moves to the bench.
1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Liam Coltman , 3 . Ma’afu Fia , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 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 . Chris King , 19 . Tom Franklin , 20 . Elliot Dixon , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Phil Burleigh