Highlanders head coach Tony Brown has named a strong Super Rugby team to play the Sunwolves in Invercargill on Saturday that includes All Black winger Waisake Naholo
After a five week break due to injury All Black winger Waisake Naholo returns on the right wing.
Joe Wheeler and Liam Squire earn starts while the versatile Elliot Dixon moves to open side to give the loose trio a very strong look.
In the backs Malakai Fekitoa moves to the midfield to make room for the speedy Matt Faddes at centre and Tevita Li comes in on the left wing.
The young Otago trio, Josh Renton, Teihorangi Walden and Sio Tomkinson round out the back reserves.
“The Sunwolves had a good win over the Bulls recently and will be a dangerous team if we allow them to play at speed, we will need a strong defensive effort this weekend” said Tony Brown.
Unavailable due to injury: Shane Christie, Ash Dixon, Dan Pryor, Lima Sopoaga, James Lentjes (out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker).
1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Siate Tokolahi , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Liam Squire , 7. Elliot Dixon , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Marty Banks , 11. Tevita Li , 12. Malakai Fekitoa , 13. Matt Faddes , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith (c)
Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 19. Tom Franklin , 20. Gareth Evans , 21. Josh Renton , 22. Teihorangi Walden , 23. Sio Tomkinson