The Pulse Energy Highlanders return to their home stadium to play the Melbourne Rebels with a side that has remained largely unchanged over the first three matches. Jack Whetton is promoted from the bench to take the place of the injured Josh Dickson who left the field last week with a shoulder injury. Daniel Lienert-Brown rotates with Ayden Johnstone in the front row and Teariki Ben-Nicholas, after some impressive performances off the bench, gets his chance in the starting lineup. In the backs Josh McKay secures the right-wing spot for this week while in the reserves it will be Highlander’s debuts for Jeff Thwaites, Manaaki Selby-Rickit and Scott Gregory. Head Coach Aaron Mauger is excited about the return to Forsyth Barr Stadium, “It’s always good to be at home, the students are back in town and will no doubt bring a lot of colour and energy to the occasion on Friday night, our players will look to draw on that energy and get our game going under the roof.” Highlanders v Rebels – 7.05pm, Friday 28 February, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown 2. Ash Dixon 3. Siate Tokolahi 4. Jesse Parete 5. Jack Whetton 6. Teariki Ben-Nicholas 7. James Lentjes (C) 8. Marino Mikaele Tu’u 9. Aaron Smith 10. Mitch Hunt 11. Jona Nareki 12. Josh Ioane 13. Rob Thompson 14. Josh McKay 15. Michael Collins Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman 17. Ayden Johnstone 18. Jeff Thwaites 19. Manaaki Selby-Rickit 20. Dillon Hunt 21. Kayne Hammington 22. Teihorangi Walden 23. Scott Gregory Unavailable: Tevita Nabura, Pari Pari Parkinson, Josh Dickson, Thomas Umaga-Jensen ENDS

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