Daniel Bowden, returning from suspension, slots right back in at flyhalf for the Highlanders replacing Michael Delany who moves to the bench.
The other changes in the side see Craig Newby replacing the injured Hayden Triggs. Newby, himself returning from injury, takes over the Captaincy from Jason Macdonald.
Keith Cameron and Hoani MacDonald are both added to the bench at the expense of Chris King and Tim Boys.
Ben W. Smith vacates the bench to make way for Michael Delany’s move out of the starting XV.
The Highlanders team to play the Hurricanes at Carisbrook, Dunedin, on Friday 7th March 08:35 SA Time.
Starting XV: 15. James Wilson, 14. Paul Williams, 13. Niva Ta’auso, 12. Johnny Leota, 11. Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10. Daniel Bowden, 9. Jimmy Cowan (VC), 8. Steven Setephano, 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Craig Newby (C),5. Tom Donnelly, 4. Isaac Ross, 3. Clint Newland, 2. Jason Macdonald, 1. Jamie Mackintosh
Reserves: 16. David Hall, 17. Keith Cameron, 18. Hoani MacDonald, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Toby Morland, 21. Michael Delany, 22. Brett Mather.