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Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has rotated his Super Rugby squad to play the Lions at Forysth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Joseph has made changes to the Highlanders forward pack as well as the backline for this clash.

Josh Hohneck and Tom Franklin are rested starting 23 while Shane Christie and Elliot Dixon move to the replacements bench.

Siosiua Halnukonuka will get his first start while Alex Ainley replaces Franklin in the middle row.

Luke Whitelock moves from number eight to blindside flanker making way for Liam Squire at the back of the scrum.

Dan Pryor will start at openside giving the pack a great deal of mobility in what is expected to be a fast paced game.

In the backs hard running midfielder Rob Thompson will make his debut for the Highlanders at second-five.

Jason Emery who performed well last week, will again look to make impact from the bench.

Ben Smith will captain the side.

Waisake Naholo (leg), Marty Banks (knee) Fumiaki Tanaka (calf)Tei Walden (concussion) were unavailable for selection due to injury.

Highlanders

1. Brendon Edmonds , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Luke Whitelock , 7. Dan Pryor , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Matt Faddes , 15. Ben Smith ( c )

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Elliot Dixon , 20. Shane Christie , 21. Josh Renton , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Jason Emery

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