All Black hooker Andrew Hore will return to the starting side for the Highlanders final regular season game against the Rebels in Melbourne tomorrow night.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes to the starting XV that played the Hurricanes last weekend in Wellington. Hore is the only change in the forwards and will captain the team while Jason Emery will start at centre with Tamati Ellison moving to second five-eighth.
Shaun Treeby moves to the reserves and Buxton Popoalii drops out of the 22.
Both the Highlanders and Rebels are out of playoffs contention, sitting in 14th and 12th place respectively heading into round 20.
The match will mark the final game in Highlanders' colours for Colin Slade, Hosea Gear, Kade Poki and Ellison.
Highlanders team to play the Rebels in Melbourne at 9.40pm Friday.
1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 4. Brad Thorn, 5.
Josh Bekhuis, 6. TJ Ioane, 7. Elliot Dixon, 8. Mose Tuiali'i, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Colin Slade, 11. Hosea Gear, 12. Tamati Ellison, 13. Jason Emery, 14. Kade Poki, 15. Ben Smith. Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Jake Paringatai, 19. Joe Wheeler, 20. Fumiaki Tanaka, 21. Hayden Parker, 22. Shaun Treeby.