– Former Waikato flanker Jordan Smiler earns a starting cap.
– Matt Toomua returns at fly half.
– Andrew Smith returns to outside centre.
– Stephen Moore starts at hooker.
– Sam Carter returns at lock.
– Skipper Ben Mowen starts atno.8
– Tevita Kuridrani, Fota Auelua and Pat McCabe return to the bench.
– Scott Fardy is ruled out through injury
– Robbie Coleman is dropped from the match day 22.
“Jordan has been with us for some time now and understands all the structures and systems in place, he’ll slot in nicely on Friday night, He spent a bit of time with us training during the 2012 season and he’s been a great guy to have around the club. Andrew Smith has had a few weeks out and makes his return to the starting side this week. Andrew was fantastic for us in the early games this year so we will be looking for him to recapture some of that form on Friday.” Said Brumbies coach Jake White.
The Brumbies travel to Dunedin to take on the Highlanders on Friday, KO 08:35 CAT (07:35 BST)
1. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Peter Kimlin, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Jordan Smiler, 7. George Smith, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 9. Nic White, 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Andrew Smith, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg,
Replacements, 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. Colby Faingaa, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Pat McCabe, 22. Tevita Kuridrani