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The side is resting several stars for its final round-robin match, against the Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
James Lentjes will captain the team from openside flanker and is joined in the loose forwards by Shannon Frizell and Liam Squire.
Aki Seiuli, Liam Coltman and Tyrel Lomax form the front row, while Tom Franklin drops to the bench as Jackson Hemopo and Alex Ainley start as locks.
Kayne Hammington comes in for Aaron Smith at halfback, while Thomas Umaga-Jensen will make his debut at centre.
Livewire utility back Josh Ioane starts at fullback ahead of Ben Smith and Tevita Li returns to the left wing.
Highlanders team to play Rebels
Josh Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Tei Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington, Liam Squire, James Lentjes, Shannon Frizell, Jackson Hemopo, Alex Ainley, Tyrel Lomax, Liam Coltman, Aki Seiuli. Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Kalolo Tuiloma, Tom Franklin, Dillon Hunt, Josh Renton, Matt Faddes, Josh McKay.