The Highlanders have included three members of Steve Hansen’s All Blacks squad in their team to face the Lions in Dunedin on Tuesday (KO 8.35am UK time, Sky Sports).
Hooker Liam Coltman, fly-half Lima Sopoaga and winger Waisake Naholo all have the chance to impress after being included in coach Tony Brown’s starting side named on Sunday.
However, the Highlanders will be without halfback Aaron Smith and fullback Ben Smith, as well as five other players on duty with New Zealand Maori.
Highlanders: 15-Richard Buckman, 14-Waisake Naholo, 13-Malakai Fekitoa, 12-Teihorangi Walden, 11-Tevita Li, 10-Lima Sopoaga, 9-Kayne Hammington, 8-Luke Whitelock (captain), 6-Gareth Evans, 7-Dillon Hunt, 5-Jackson Hemopo, 4-Alex Ainley, 3-Siate Tokolahi, 2-Liam Coltman, 1-Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16-Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17-Aki Seiuli, 18-Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19-Josh Dickson, 20-Jimmy Lentjes, 21-Josh Renton, 22-Marty Banks, 23-Patrick Osborne. (Writing by John O’Brien; Editing by Ian Ransom)