Dan Pryor will start at openside flank for the Highlanders against the Hurricanes in Dunedin on Friday.
Pryor replaces John Hardie, who was ruled out with a dislocated ankle. Pryor is the fourth player in five games to start at No 7 for the Highlanders.
Meanwhile, South African prop Ross Geldenhuys is out with a fractured thumb, which sees Josh Hohneck move from loosehead prop to tighthead, and Brendon Edmonds at No 1.
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 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Subs: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Leniert-Brown, 18 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.
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