- Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock both return to the starting line-up
- Hore will captain the side
- Kade Poki is out due to a rib injury and is replaced by Buxton Popoalii
- The Highlanders have yet to record a Super Rugby win in 2013
- The Reds have never beaten them in Dunedin in Super Rugby
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Buxton Popoalii, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn (c), 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock. Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ma’afu Fia, 18 TJ Ioane, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Phil Burleigh.