Shannon Frizell at eight, Waisake Naholo back for Highlanders

The Highlanders have made an intriguing switch to their back-row to take on the Lions on Saturday, with Shannon Frizell named at number eight.

Frizell’s positional move sees regular number eight Luke Whitelock start on the blindside flank for the game at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

Elliot Dixon earns a well-earned break from action this weekend and Dillon Hunt completes a new-look back-row with James Lentjes heading to the bench. Josh Dickson and Tom Franklin will start as the second-row combination and Tyrel Lomax replaces Siate Tokolahi at tighthead prop.

In the backs, Waisake Naholo returns from a lengthy injury break and will ease into the action off the bench. Teihorangi Walden will partner with Rob Thompson in the midfield and Patelesio Tomkinson will move to the wing to cover for the injured Tevita Li. Daniel Hollinshead will again cover the pivot position.

Here’s #YourLanders to take on @LionsRugbyCo on Saturday 3.05pm (Sunday 1.05am NZT) in Johannesburg! #highlandersandyou #LIOvHIG pic.twitter.com/UiuPkHKajl

— Pulse Energy Highlanders (@Highlanders) May 15, 2019

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Patelesio Tomkinson, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Shannon Frizell, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Luke Whitelock (c), 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Daniel Hollinshead, 23 Waisake Naholo

Date: Saturday, May 18 Venue: Ellis Park Kick-off: 15:05 local (14:05 BST, 13:05 GMT) Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa) Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Griffin Colby (South Africa) Television match official: Willie Vos (South Africa)