Slade back to the Highlanders starting line-up for Friday’s Super Rugby clash and will replace Lima
Sopoaga who had a nightmare time against Cheetahs.
Other changes made by Highlanders coach
Jamie Joseph sees lock Jarrad Hoeata return
to the second row while Elliot Dixon takes
over at number eight.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.
There is still no sign of centre Ma’a Non (injured knee) as the Highlanders seek their first win of the season.