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Winger Jona Nareki comes into the side instead of Scott Gregory. The forward pack remains the same while Ngane Punivai and Teariki Ben-Nicholas come into the reserves.
The Highlanders have not won in Christchurch since 2015. The Crusaders are due to name their side this afternoon.
Highlanders: Mitch Hunt, Josh McKay, Michael Collins, Sio Tomkinson, Jona Nareki, Josh Ioane, Aaron Smith (co-captain), Mikaele Marino-Tu'u, Dillon Hunt, Shannon Frizell, Jack Whetton, Pari Pari Parkinson, Jeff Thwaites, Ash Dixon (co-captain), Ayden Johnstone. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Jesse Parete, Folau Fakatavu, Ngane Punivai, Teariki Ben-Nicholas