Highlanders flanker TJ Ioane has been left out of the squad to tour to South Africa having failed to recover from injury.
Highlanders full-back Ben Smith feels his side can still improve despite their 33-30 victory over the Rebels in Dunedin on Friday.
Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph has been linked with the vacant director of rugby position with the Welsh region Cardiff Blues.
The smart money would be on high-scoring affair when the Highlanders host the Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.
Aaron Smith will play his 50th game for the Highlanders in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Highlanders prop Kane Hames has received a one-week suspension for foul play during last weekend's clash with the Blues in Auckland.
Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph was disappointed that his side failed to score a try and wasted chances against the Blues in Auckland.
Kane Hames of the Highlanders has been cited for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
Three tries and an improved performance at the set-piece handed the Blues a physical 30-12 victory over the Highlanders at Eden Park....
Malakai Fekitoa will face the outfit that let him go during the off-season when the Highlanders take on the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday....
Keeping the heat on the Chiefs at the top of the New Zealand Conference, the Blues and the Highlanders face each other on Saturday.
The Highlanders have made three changes to their forward pack for Saturday's derby clash with the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Highlanders climbed into the top half of the Super Rugby standings on Friday thanks to a 35-31 win over the Hurricanes.
The Highlanders will take on a rejuvenated Hurricanes franchise in Round Six's opening fixture at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.
Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn returns to the Highlanders starting XV for Friday's Super Rugby derby with the Hurricanes in Dunedin....
A last-minute conversion hit the post to hand the Force a 31-29 victory over the Highlanders in Saturday's clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium....
Fresh from surprising nearly everybody against the Rebels, the Western Force look to make it two from two against Highlanders.