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Highlanders head coach coach Jamie Joseph has named halfbacks Te Aihe Toma and Jamie Booth in the team to play the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Halfback Te Aihe Toma will start the match while Booth is expected to make his debut from the replacements bench.

Mark Reddish will play his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday night. The former Hurricanes player will start at lock against the Kings and will be playing his 19th match for the Highlanders.

Mobile loose forward Gareth Evans will start at blindside flanker and he will be accompanied in the loose by Captain Shane Christie and Luke Whitelock.

Liam Squire who debuted successfully for the All Blacks in Dunedin last week is on the bench, as Coach Joseph stays with the forward group that played well against the Crusaders in a warm up game during the June break.

Ryan Tongia gets his second start of the 2016 season at left wing while Jack Wilson and Matt Faddes complete the back three.

Patrick Osborne who has just returned from his international duties with Fiji will make his impact from the replacements.

The halves combination of Te Aihe Toma and Marty Banks will have the responsibility of driving the team around the field in just their second game together, however Lima Sopoaga will provide excellent backup from the bench.

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Mark Reddish , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Gareth Evans , 7. Shane Christie (C) , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Te Aihe Toma , 10. Marty Banks , 11. Ryan Tongia , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Jason Emery , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 19. Liam Squire , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Jamie Booth , 22. Lima Sopoaga , 23. Patrick Osborne

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