Highlanders rest key All Blacks
Cape Town - The Highlanders have made wholesale changes to their team to face the Brumbies in a Super Rugby clash in Canberra this weekend.
Malakai Fekitoa, Aaron Smith and Ben Smith are all rested as part of the agreement with the NZRU to rest All Blacks ahead of the Rugby World Cup, while there are also a number of changes in the pack.
Trent Renata comes in at fullback, with Richard Buckman joining Shaun Treeby in midfield and Fumiaki Tanaka taking over scrumhalf duties.
Up front, Pingi Tala'apitaga and Tom Franklin bolster the front five, while Joe Latta and Josh Renton are set to make their Super Rugby debuts off the bench.
The Highlanders beat the Blues 30-24 last time out and currently lie fifth in the table.
Kick-off for Friday’s clash at GIO Stadium is scheduled for 11:55 (SA time).
15 Trent Renata, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Nasi Manu (captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Dan Pryor, 22 Josh Renton, 23 Jason Emery