Rebels v Highlanders: Teams
At AAMI Park, Friday April 15, kick-off 10.40GMT
Last Updated: 15/04/11 3:45pm
Wales No.8 Gareth Delve will skipper the Rebels against the Highlanders after Stirling Mortlock was ruled out of Friday's match.
Delve was handed the vice-captaincy at the start of the season, but with Mortlock having strained a hip in training, the former Gloucester man will lead the side out at AAMI Park.
Fit-again James Hilgendorf is called into the side to wear the No.12 shirt, with the Rebels making a number of changes.
Rod Blake, Cooper Vuna and Richard Kingi all come into the side, with Mark Gerrard moving to outside centre and Lachlan Mitchell shifting to the wing.
The Highlanders will hand Aaron Smith his first start of the season in the only change to their line-up.
Smith gets the nod ahead of the bench All Black Jimmy Cowan following the 24-12 victory over the Cheetahs last time out.
Rebels: 15 Richard Kingi, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mark Gerrard, 12 James Hilgendorf, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (c), 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Rodney Blake.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Adam Byrnes, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Hoani Macdonald, 21 Luke Rooney, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Siale Piutau, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 James Paterson.