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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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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.
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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.
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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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