An early kick-off (5.15pm) under the roof on Saturday will see the Highlanders host the Jaguares for the first time at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The Jaguares will be keen to get their four week tour off to a positive start while the Highlanders will want to head to South Africa next week on a winning note after last week’s draw against the Chiefs.

There is some rotation in the forwards with Ayden Johnstone and Siate Tokolahi starting,   while the hard-working Daniel Lienert-Brown and Tyrel Lomax head to the bench. Josh Dickson moves into the starting line-up and Liam Squire makes his return after a lengthy injury break.

In the backs, Matt Faddes, moves to fullback and Jordan Hyland will make his second appearance on the right wing. Patelesio Tomkinson will partner Rob Thompson in the midfield as Teihorangi Walden takes a break. Dan Hollinshead, who has joined the squad as a replacement for Bryn Gatland, will make his debut from the bench and the talented and young, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, rounds out the playing 23.

It is a significant milestone for hard running number eight Elliot Dixon. Dixon will play his 100th Investec Super Rugby game for the Highlanders. After making his debut in 2012 against the Brumbies, Dixon has featured in all positions in the back row – most memorably, scoring an amazing try against the Hurricanes to help the Highlanders to their 2015 title.

Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, has been impressed with Dixon’s form this season “to play 100 Super Rugby games for one club is an awesome effort, the fact that he is still demanding selection through his current form speaks volumes for Elliot and his attitude to the game. I’m sure the boys will want to put out an effort worthy of this milestone for him.”

“I’ve always been an admirer of the way Elliot plays the game whether it was for Southland, the Highlanders or the All Blacks. A hundred games is a mighty effort and I am sure a proud day for Elliot, his wife Paige and kids Huxley and Toby,” said Roger Clark, Highlanders CEO

NZ Rugby and the Highlanders will recognise the achievement post-match with a presentation.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Jaguares – 5.15pm, Sat 11th May, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Round 13 marks the annual “Say My Name – Diversity Round” for New Zealand Rugby and the five New Zealand Super Rugby Clubs. Following the player names please find the phonetic spelling for each player.

  1. Ayden Johnstone (Aid-in John-stone)
  2. Liam Coltman (Lee-am Colt-min)
  3. Siate Tokolahi (See-ah-teh do-ko-laa-hee)
  4. Josh Dickson (Josh Dick-sin)
  5. Tom Franklin (Tom Frank-lin)
  6. Luke Whitelock (c) (Luke White-lock)
  7. James Lentjes (James Len-chiss)
  8. Elliot Dixon* (Ell-ee-it Dick-sin)
  9. Aaron Smith (A-rrin Smith)
  10. Josh Ioane (Josh Yor-ah-neh)
  11. Tevita Li (The-vee-ta Lee)
  12. Patelesio Tomkinson (Pah-tell-eh-see-aw Tom-kin-sin)
  13. Rob Thompson (Rob Thomp-sin)
  14. Jordan Hyland (Jaw-din Hi-land)
  15. Matt Faddes (Matt Fad-des)

Reserves

  1. Ash Dixon (Ash Dick-sin)
  2. Daniel Lienert-Brown (Dan-yill Len-nit-Brown)
  3. Tyrel Lomax (Tie-rell Low-max)
  4. Jack Whetton (Jack Wet-tin)
  5. Liam Squire (Lee-am Skwy-ah)
  6. Kayne Hammington (Cane Ham-ming-tin)
  7. Daniel Hollinshead (Dan-yil Hol-ins-hed)
  8. Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Tom-iss Oo-mung-ah Jen-sin

*100th Super Rugby game (101st game for the Highlanders)

Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (knee), Marty Banks (foot), Ben Smith (hamstring),

Season ending injuries: Tevita Nabura (knee), Richard Buckman (achilles), Bryn Gatland (foot)

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