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The team will start a loose forward trio of Shannon Frizell, Billy Harmon and Marine Mikaele-Tui and will have Mitch Hunt at first five-eighth.
Irish lock Jack Regan, who only came into the squad as injury cover, will start the game alongside his team mate Josh Dickson.
Connor Garden-Bachop begins on the right wing after impressing in the two pre-season games.
Highlanders: Daniel Lienert-Brown, Ash Dixon (cc), Siate Tokolahi, Josh Dickson, Jack Regan, Shannon Frizell, Billy Harmon, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Aaron Smith (cc), Mitch Hunt, Jona Nareki, Patelesio Tomkinson, Ngatungane Punivai, Connor Garden-Bachop, Solomon Alaimalo. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Josh Hohneck, Jeff Thwaites, Bryn Evans, Liam Squire, Folau Fakatava, Josh Ioane, Hugh Renton