The selection of Scott Gregory and Ngane Puniva are the only changes to the Highlanders lineup for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Blues in Auckland.
Gregory comes in at fullback, with Mitch Hunt swapping the No 15 jersey for 10. Josh Ioane, who played flyhalf in the first round, is out of the match-day squad altogether.
In the only other change, Ngane Punivai returns from injury to take a spot of Vilimoni Koroi on the bench.
Highlanders – 15 Scott Gregory, 14 Sam Gilbert, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Pari Pari Parkinson, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (c), 1 Ayden Johnstone.
Subs: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Manaaki Selby-Rickit, 20 Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Ngane Punivai.
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