Openside flank James Lentjes will make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders against the Stormers in Dunedin on Saturday.
Lentjes will be the fifth player to wear the No 7 jersey for the Highlanders this season. He made a good impression with Otago during the New Zealand Cup and joined the squad as injury cover for Shane Christie and John Hardie.
In the only other change to the starting lineup, Ash Dixon will start ahead of Liam Coltman at hooker.
Highlanders – 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (c), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Subs: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Pingi Tala'apitanga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.
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