Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph has made two changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Blues in Auckland.
Jamie Mackintosh makes his first start for the season, at loosehead prop, replacing Tony Woodcock who has suffered a hamstring strain.
Former All Black number eight Mose Tuiali'i, who has joined the Highlanders as injury cover for Nasi Manu, will also start with Elliot Dixon returning to the replacements bench.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Buxton Popoalii, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Mose Tuiali'i, 7 John Hardie, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ma'afu Fia, 18 TJ Ioane, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Phil Burleigh.
Date: Friday, April 5
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Jonathon White (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)