Highlanders head coach Tony Brown has named a Super Rugby team that includes five Highlander debutants to take on the Chiefs on Friday night under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Brown will start all his All Blacks apart from Elliot Dixon who will make his impact from the bench.
“The recent games against the Chiefs have been cracking games and we expect nothing less this week, the guys are really looking forward to getting out in front of our home fans” said Brown.
The game will mark Malakai Fekitoa’s 50th game for the Highlanders. Fekitoa, Highlander #213 debuted in 2014 against the Blues.
Unavailable due to injury:Marty Banks, Teihorangi Walden, Luke Whitelock, Shane Christie, Ash Dixon , Dan Pryor, Aki Seiuli, Greg Pleasants-Tate
1.Daniel Lienert-Brown ,2.Liam Coltman, 3.Siate Tokolahi (Debut game),4.Alex Ainley,5.Tom Franklin,6.Gareth Evans,7.James Lentjes,8.Liam Squire,9.Aaron Smith,10.Lima Sopoaga,11.Tevita Li (Debut game),12.Rob Thompson,13.Malakai Fekitoa,14.Waisake Naholo,15.Ben Smith (C)
Replacements :16.Adrian Smith (Debut game), 17.Craig Millar,18.Guy Millar (Debut game),19.Jackson Hemopo, 20.Elliot Dixon,21.Kayne Hammington (Debut game),22.Fletcher Smith,23.Matt Faddes