After 10 seasons with the Hurricanes, hooker Andrew Hore will captain the Highlanders against his former side on Saturday night in Dunedin.
The Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has decided to rest usual skipper Jamie Mackintosh - the prop's played in all 10 of his side's games this season.
Mackintosh is replaced by Ma'afu Fia.
There are two other changes from the side which started in last round's loss to the Sharks in Durban with Nick Crosswell replacing the injured loose forward Doug Tietjens.
ln the backs Phil Burleigh comes in at second five in place of Shaun Treeby, who has a broken cheekbone.