Otago team named to play Southland
Former Southland first five-eighth Scott Eade has been handed the start for Otago against his old team in Invercargill on Sunday.
Highlanders first five-eighth Fletcher Smith has returned to the Otago setup but he has been named on the bench with Eade - who has spent most of the preseason at first five - getting the first crack.
Otago is about to embark on four games in 14 days to start their season with the bulk of their squad likely to get an opportunity as players come and go from the starting lineup.
As a result, Otago have named a particularly strong bench for Sunday's game against Southland which includes Super Rugby props Aki Seiuli and Hisa Sasagi.
Highlanders openside flanker James Lentjes will also start from the bench.
Tony Ensor, Fa'asiu Fuata'i, Michael Collins, Teihorangi Walden, Mitchell Scott, Scott Eade, Jonathan Ruru, Paul Grant, Dillon Hunt, Adam Knight, Josh Dickson, Tom Rowe, Donald Brighouse, Liam Coltman, Craig Miller.
Reserves; Sekonia Pole, Aki Seiuli, Hisa Sasagi, Lee Allan, James Lentjes, Josh Walden, Fletcher Smith, Sio Tomkinson.