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A week after a 33-13 trouncing at the hands of the Crusaders, Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has wrung five changes to his starting side.

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Two of those alterations come in the front row, as All Blacks hooker Liam Coltman is demoted to the bench following a dismal showing at the lineout last week.

In his place comes the veteran Ash Dixon, who joins loosehead prop Daniel Lienert-Brown as the new faces up front while last week’s starting No. 1 Ayden Johnstone moves to the pine.

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Jesse Parete maintains his place in the second row, but will have a new starting partner in the form of Jack Whetton, who has usurped Josh Dickson in the No. 5 jersey following a rusty defensive display.

All Blacks blindside flanker Shannon Frizell is handed a rest week, and that hands exciting loose forward Teariki Ben-Nicholas his maiden start at Super Rugby level.

Just one change has been made in the backline, with Canterbury speedster Josh McKay given the No. 14 jersey after ex-Reds star Kris Kuridrani failed to assert his dominance in Christchurch.

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Additionally, there are three potential Highlanders debutants in the reserves through ex-Chiefs tighthead prop Jeff Thwaites, Southland lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit and Olympic sevens hopeful Scott Gregory.

They join a fresh-looking contingent of substitutes, which also includes one-test All Blacks flanker Dillon Hunt, who was absent from last week’s defeat.

For the Rebels, four changes have been made by head coach Dave Wessels following their 36-24 loss to the Sharks in Ballarat last Saturday.

Try-scoring hooker Anaru Rangi returns to the run-on XV in place of Steven Misa, while South African second-rower Gideon Koegelenburg starts at lock ahead of the benched Ross Haylett-Petty.

Elsewhere, Angus Cottrell moves back into the No. 6 jersey in place of Michael Wells, and Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua returns from injury to sends last week’s pivot Andrew Deegan into the reserves.

Haylett-Petty and Deegan are among five new faces, including Wells, Wallabies rake Jordan Uelese and young South African tighthead prop Cabous Eloff.

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