Highlanders put All Black on the wing
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Highlanders face a significant challenge in the John Mitchell-coached Bulls on Saturday.
The resurgent Bulls are currently second in the South African conference and have already beaten the Hurricanes at Loftus this season.
Coach Aaron Mauger has rung in a few positional changes for the first leg of a two-game South African tour.
Captain Ben Smith moves to the right wing in place of Waisake Naholo and utility back Fletcher Smith takes the No.15 jersey.
Tyrel Lomax will start at tighthead, with regular tighthead Siate Tokolahi having been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
There will also be a six forward, two back split - with loose forward James Lentjes returning for the first time this season and midfield back Patelesio Tomkinson making his way on to the bench.
Mauger is comfortable with the team's work this week "the guys have travelled well and we have had a good training week in preparation to face the challenges the Bulls will present on Saturday, both teams will be looking to keep the momentum of their season going."
Highlanders: 15 Fletcher Smith, 14 Ben Smith (captain), 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Sio Tomkinson.
Date: Saturday, April 28
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.15 (03.15 NZ time Sunday, April 29; 15.15 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)