A training injury to Luke Whitelock has forced another reshuffle to the Pulse Energy Highlanders loose forward trio, having lost Liam Squire last week head coach Tony Brown has named versatile loose forward Gareth Evans at number eight.

Aki Seiuli earns a start alongside Ash Dixon and Alex Ainley; Dixon will captain the side in his first start of the season. Liam Coltman takes a well-earned break and Greg Pleasants-Tate and Jackson Hemopo will be looking to get their first run-on of the three week tour.

Richard Buckman returns from injury to take his place in the midfield, while utility back Teihorangi Walden will make his impact off the bench.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Bulls - 3.05pm, Saturday 13th May (1.05am Sun NZT), Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

1. Aki Seiuli

2. Ash Dixon (c)

3. Siosuia Halanukonuka

4. Alex Ainley

5. Tom Franklin

6. Elliot Dixon

7. Dillon Hunt

8. Gareth Evans

9. Aaron Smith

10. Marty Banks

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Richard Buckman

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Matt Faddes

Reserves

16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Siate Tokolahi

19. Joe Wheeler

20. Jackson Hemopo

21. Kayne Hammington

22. Fletcher Smith

23. Teihorangi Walden

Unavailable due to injury: Shane Christie, James Lentjes, Dan Pryor, Lima Sopoaga, Ben Smith, Luke Whitelock, Liam Squire (Out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker).

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