Wednesday, 05 March 2008 The Hurricanes play the first of two domestic away games this Friday night when they take on the Highlanders in Dunedin in round four of the Rebel Sport Super 14. There are four injury-related changes to the Hurricanes' starting XV to meet the Highlanders from the side who defeated the Chiefs 39-19 at home last Friday. Two changes to the forwards see Tim Fairbrother named at tighthead prop for Neemia Tialata who has a knee injury and Scott Waldrom at openside flanker for Chris Masoe who is sidelined with a back injury. In the backs, Tamati Ellison returns from two weeks on the sideline with a bruised thigh to play at second five-eighth in place of Tane Tu'ipulotu and Shannon Paku starts at fullback in place of Cory Jane who injured his hip against the Chiefs. Jane's injury breaks a run of 16 consecutive games as Hurricanes fullback since his debut in the first round last year. His absence is covered by Tu'ipulotu who remains in the playing 22 on the bench. Scott Waldrom's brother, Thomas, returns to the bench as loose forward cover, while Tamati Ellison's brother and specialist loosehead prop Jacob is named in the reserves as front row cover. Should Jacob Ellison take the field, the Ellisons will become the sixth set of brothers to play for the Hurricanes, and the fifth to play together in the same season. Other Hurricanes brothers and teammates at the same time have been Simon and Tim Mannix (1996), Filo and Ace Tiatia (1999), Gordon and Andy Slater (2000) and Thomas and Scott Waldrom (2005 and 2008). Reuben Parkinson (1999) was a Hurricane one year ahead of his brother Matua (2000). The Highlanders are coming off three narrow losses in the opening weeks, downed 16-22 by the Reds in Brisbane, 20-22 by the Brumbies in Canberra and 12-15 by the Waratahs at home. They have their bye next week ahead of the fourth Australian side the Force. In twelve previous meetings between these two sides, the Hurricanes have won seven and the Highlanders five. In the last five seasons the Hurricanes are ahead three wins to two, with the Hurricanes wining back-to-back victories in 2006 and 2007 and the Highlanders winning two years in a row in 2004 and 2005. Home ground advantage has held sway to the Highlanders on four occasions out of six they have played in Dunedin, the Hurricanes' two wins at Carisbrook coming ten years apart – 44-15 in 1996 and 29-13 in 2006. The 29-point margin of victory in that inaugural encounter remains the Hurricanes' widest winning margin against the Highlanders, although the Hurricanes piled on more points against them when they won 60-34 the following year in Wellington. Since those first two victories, three out of the next four wins were by two points or under, the Hurricanes emerging two-point winners in 1999 by 21-19 and in 2001 by 35-33, while last year's 22-21 win was even more of a nail-biter. In points scored overall, the Hurricanes have amassed 315 against the Highlanders and the Highlanders have scored 285 against the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have scored four tries or more on four occasions and have scored 31 of 37 tries against the Highlanders through the backs, five by forwards and one penalty try. Six individual players have scored two or more tries in matches against the Highlanders, including three in one game in 1997 when Tana Umaga (3), Jason O'Halloran (2) and Alex Telea (2) were multiple scorers. Ma'a Nonu in 2003 and Isaia Toeava in 2006 also both scored braces against the Highlanders. David Holwell scored 30 points out of 35 against the Highlanders in 2001, scoring a try and kicking two conversions and seven penalties (Christian Cullen scored the other try). More personal points scoring has included Jamie Cameron kicking five out of five conversions and three penalties for 19 points in 1996 and Cullen successful with five out of nine conversions, one penalty and a try for 20 points in 1997, while Mal Arnold (2) and Piri Weepu (4) kicked crucial penalties in 2001's and 2007's narrow wins. Hurricanes fans will note some familiar faces in the Highlanders squad this year in lock Hayden Triggs and centre Johnny Leota (Manawatu) and prop Clint Newland (Hawke's Bay).