Scott Fardy has moved to the bench, with Sam Carter being given back his starting No. 5 jersey in the second row. His return to the tight five has pushed Peter Kimlin to blindside flanker.
Cam Crawford has dropped off the bench with Tevita Kuridrani given his first chance in a Super Rugby, 22-man squad.
Should Kuridrani make it onto the pitch on Saturday night he will become Brumby No 149 and the eighth new Brumbies cap of 2012.
Head Coach Jake White said keeping selections consistent had allowed the team to work on its new combinations.
“We’ve been lucky with injuries this far in the competition which has allowed us to pick similar 22-man squads each week,” White said.
“The more these guys play together the better they will understand each other’s game and we are seeing a lot of those combinations take shape.
“The Highlanders are the benchmark of the competition and are still undefeated so Saturday presents us with a tremendous opportunity to see where we are up to.”
1. Ben Alexander ,2. Stephen Moore ,3. Dan Palmer ,4. Leon Power ,5. Sam Carter ,6. Peter Kimlin ,7. Michael Hooper ,8. Ben Mowen (c) ,9. Nic White ,10. Christian Lealiifano ,11. Henry Speight ,12. Pat McCabe ,13. Andrew Smith ,14. Joe Tomane ,15. Jesse Mogg
Replacements:16. Anthony Hegarty ,17. Ruaidhri Murphy ,18. Scott Fardy ,19. Ita Vaea ,20. Ian Prior ,21. Zack Holmes ,22. Tevita Kuridrani
|DAY & DATE||MATCH||HOME VENUE||Kick off local||Kick off in New Zealand||Kick Off in Australia (NSW/ACT)||Kick off in South Africa||Kick off in United Kingdom|
|Fri. 23 March.||Blues v Hurricanes||Eden Park, Auckland||19:35||Fri. 23 Mar 19:35||Fri. 23 Mar 17:35||Fri. 23 Mar 8:35||Fri. 23 Mar 6:35|
|Fri. 23 March.||Rebels v W Force||AAMI Park, Melbourne||19:40||Fri. 23 Mar 21:40||Fri. 23 Mar 19:40||Fri. 23 Mar 10:40||Fri. 23 Mar 08:40|
|Sat. 24 March.||Waratahs v Sharks||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney||15:35||Sat 24 Mar 17:35||Sat 24 Mar 15:35||Sat 24 Mar 06:35||Sat 24 Mar 04:35|
|Sat. 24 March.||Crusaders v Cheetahs||Rugby League Park, Christchurch||19:35||Sat 24 Mar 19:35||Sat 24 Mar 17:35||Sat 24 Mar 8:35||Sat 24 Mar 6:35|
|Sat. 24 March.||Brumbies v Highlanders||Canberra Stadium, Canberra||19:40||Sat 24 Mar 21:40||Sat 24 Mar 19:40||Sat 24 Mar 10:40||Sat 24 Mar 08:40|
|Sat. 24 March.||Bulls v Reds||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria||17:05||Sun 25 Mar 4:05||Sun 25 Mar 2:05||Sat 24 Mar 17:05||Sat 24 Mar 15:05|
|Sat. 24 March.||Lions v Stormers||Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg||19:10||Sun 25 Mar 6:10||Sun 25 Mar 4:10||Sat 24 Mar 19:10||Sat 24 Mar 17:10|