Hore and Thorn to start for Highlanders

Aaron Smith of the Highlanders celebrates after scoring a try during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Aaron Smith of the Highlanders celebrates after scoring a try during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Hosea Gear of the Highlanders in action during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Hosea Gear of the Highlanders in action during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Joe Wheeler, Brad Thorn and Jake Pringatai of the Highlanders celebrate at the final whistle after their game with the Hurricanes.
Joe Wheeler, Brad Thorn and Jake Pringatai of the Highlanders celebrate at the final whistle after their game with the Hurricanes.
Josh Bekhuis of the Highlanders goes for the high ball during their game against the Hurricanes.
Josh Bekhuis of the Highlanders goes for the high ball during their game against the Hurricanes.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders is dumped by Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Tom Marshall of the Crusaders is dumped by Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Highlanders player Ben Smith jumping in the air for the ball with Crusaders Matt Todd & Dan Carter.
Highlanders player Ben Smith jumping in the air for the ball with Crusaders Matt Todd & Dan Carter.
Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders is tackled by Kade Poki of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Sam Whitelock of the Crusaders is tackled by Kade Poki of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear being tackled by Crusaders players Dan Carter (left) & George Whitelock.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear being tackled by Crusaders players Dan Carter (left) & George Whitelock.
Willi Heinz of the Crusaders is tackled by Ben Smith of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Willi Heinz of the Crusaders is tackled by Ben Smith of the Highlanders during the round 18 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Highlander Brad Thorn and Brendon O'Connor of the Blues contest a lineout during the Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.
Highlander Brad Thorn and Brendon O'Connor of the Blues contest a lineout during the Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Dunedin.
Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders flings a pass wide to get the backline moving.
Ma'a Nonu of the Highlanders flings a pass wide to get the backline moving.
Ben Smith makes a telling break for the Highlanders against the Blues.
Ben Smith makes a telling break for the Highlanders against the Blues.
Highlanders wing Hosea Gear gets away from Blues openside Luke Braid.
Highlanders wing Hosea Gear gets away from Blues openside Luke Braid.
Brad Thorn looks disconsolate after the loss to the Western Force.
Brad Thorn looks disconsolate after the loss to the Western Force.
Liam Coltman charges into Kyle Godwin of the Western Force.
Liam Coltman charges into Kyle Godwin of the Western Force.
Hosea Gear is taken in the tackle of Western Force's Ben Jacobs.
Hosea Gear is taken in the tackle of Western Force's Ben Jacobs.
Mose Tuiali'i on the charge against the Western Force.
Mose Tuiali'i on the charge against the Western Force.
Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders' loss to the Bulls.
Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders' loss to the Bulls.
Tamati Ellison talks to teammate Jason Emery during the loss to the Bulls.
Tamati Ellison talks to teammate Jason Emery during the loss to the Bulls.
Pierre Spies of the Bulls slips through several Highlanders tackles to score.
Pierre Spies of the Bulls slips through several Highlanders tackles to score.
Colin Slade takes a chip kick against the Bulls.
Colin Slade takes a chip kick against the Bulls.
Ben Smith gets a pass off during the Highlanders loss to the Southern Kings.
Ben Smith gets a pass off during the Highlanders loss to the Southern Kings.
Aaron Smith feeds the scrum.
Aaron Smith feeds the scrum.
A dejected Andrew Hore after his sides loss to the Kings.
A dejected Andrew Hore after his sides loss to the Kings.
Hosea Gear attempts to break through the tackles of the Kings.
Hosea Gear attempts to break through the tackles of the Kings.
Brad Thorn thanks the crowd after playing his 100th Super Rugby game in the Highlanders win over the Sharks.
Brad Thorn thanks the crowd after playing his 100th Super Rugby game in the Highlanders win over the Sharks.
Highlanders fullback Ben Smith.
Highlanders fullback Ben Smith.
Josh Bekhuis on the charge against the Sharks.
Josh Bekhuis on the charge against the Sharks.
Tamati Ellison warms up prior to the Highlanders clash with the Sharks.
Tamati Ellison warms up prior to the Highlanders clash with the Sharks.
Ma'a Nonu charges ahead against the Crusaders.
Ma'a Nonu charges ahead against the Crusaders.
Brad Thorn snares Luke Romano in a tackle.
Brad Thorn snares Luke Romano in a tackle.
Aaron Smith fires off a clearing pass.
Aaron Smith fires off a clearing pass.
The Highlanders warm up at AMI Stadium in Christchurch ahead of their clash with the Crusaders.
The Highlanders warm up at AMI Stadium in Christchurch ahead of their clash with the Crusaders.
Hosea Gear scores what would become a disallowed try as the Highlanders slumped to another loss against the Brumbies.
Hosea Gear scores what would become a disallowed try as the Highlanders slumped to another loss against the Brumbies.
Brad Thorn shows his disappointment after the loss to the Brumbies.
Brad Thorn shows his disappointment after the loss to the Brumbies.
TJ Ioane makes a charge against the Brumbies.
TJ Ioane makes a charge against the Brumbies.
Jamie Mackintosh gets an extra push from his teammates.
Jamie Mackintosh gets an extra push from his teammates.
Jamie Mackintosh and Andrew Hore watch on as the Highlanders lose their sixth game on the trot.
Jamie Mackintosh and Andrew Hore watch on as the Highlanders lose their sixth game on the trot.
Ma'a Nonu's shoulder charge on Piri Weepu earned him 10 in the bin.
Ma'a Nonu's shoulder charge on Piri Weepu earned him 10 in the bin.
Mose Tuiali'i is tackled by the Blues' James Parsons.
Mose Tuiali'i is tackled by the Blues' James Parsons.
Brad Thorn is tackled during the Highlanders' 29-18 loss to the Blues.
Brad Thorn is tackled during the Highlanders' 29-18 loss to the Blues.
Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders scores a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Elliot Dixon of the Highlanders scores a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
James Horwill of the Reds is tackled by Aaron Smith of the Highlanders during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
James Horwill of the Reds is tackled by Aaron Smith of the Highlanders during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders kicks a penalty during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders kicks a penalty during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Highlanders hang their heads on the final whistle during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Highlanders hang their heads on the final whistle during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Reds at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Ma'a Nonu gets caught in a tackle during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
Ma'a Nonu gets caught in a tackle during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
Elliot Dixon tries to break through a Chiefs tackle.
Elliot Dixon tries to break through a Chiefs tackle.
Kade Poki makes a break against the Chiefs.
Kade Poki makes a break against the Chiefs.
Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Aaron Smith clears the ball during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Hosea Gear makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Hurricanes.
Hosea Gear makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Hurricanes.
Highlanders replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka looks to clear the ball during the loss to the Hurricanes.
Highlanders replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka looks to clear the ball during the loss to the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes No 12 Tim Bateman attempts a tackled on Jason Emery of the Highlanders.
Hurricanes No 12 Tim Bateman attempts a tackled on Jason Emery of the Highlanders.
Kade Poki scoing the first try for the Highlanders.
Kade Poki scoing the first try for the Highlanders.
Frans Viljoen of the Cheetahs is tackled.
Frans Viljoen of the Cheetahs is tackled.
 Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
Brad Thorn of the Highlanders is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Cheetahs.
 Jake Paringatai of the Highlanders is tackled by Cheetahs players.
Jake Paringatai of the Highlanders is tackled by Cheetahs players.
Highlanders captain Hosea Gear dives over for a try during his side's opening round loss to the Chiefs.
Highlanders captain Hosea Gear dives over for a try during his side's opening round loss to the Chiefs.
Lima Sopoaga lines up a kick during the Highlanders opening round game against the Chiefs.
Lima Sopoaga lines up a kick during the Highlanders opening round game against the Chiefs.
Nasi Manu makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
Nasi Manu makes a break during the Highlanders loss to the Chiefs.
Ma'a Nonu fends off a tackle during round one of Super Rugby.
Ma'a Nonu fends off a tackle during round one of Super Rugby.

Both Andrew Hore and Brad Thorn haven been named in the starting lineup for the Higlanders against the Cheetahs on Saturday night.

Hore will play his first game of 2013 after missing the beginning of the season due to suspension.

And Thorn joins Jake Paringatai in making his first start for the Southern franchise.

Despite a pretty scratchy effort against the Chiefs, the team will stick with the same backline as last week.

Changes in the run-on XV also see a number of changes on the reserves bench.

Colin Slade makes his return to the bench since suffering a broken leg.

Brayden Mitchell and Jarrod Hoeata drop out of the starting XV and are joined by Chris King and Slade.

Shaun Treeby also joins the reserves in place of Buxton Popoalii.

Highlanders v Cheetahs, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill - Saturday 9 March, 7.35pm (NZ Time).

1. Tony Woodcock

2. Andrew Hore (Captain)

3. Ma'afu Fia

4. Brad Thorn

5. Josh Bekhuis

6. Joe Wheeler

7. John Hardie

8. Jake Paringatai

9. Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain)

12. Ma'a Nonu

13. Phil Burleigh

14. Kade Poki

15. Ben Smith

Reserves

16. Brayden Mitchell

17. Chris King

18. Jarrad Hoeata

19. Tim Boys

20. Fumiaki Tanaka

21. Colin Slade

22. Shaun Treeby

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