The Highlanders and the Blues have named their line-ups for the local derby that'll herald the beginning of their 2018 Super Rugby campaign.

The Ioane brothers, Akira and Rieko, will start for the Blues,

Leni Apisai of Ngāti Awa and Jonathan Ruru of Ngāti Kahungunu will come off the bench.

While the Highlanders are brimming with Māori talent, Ash Dixon will captain a side with seven Māori in the starting 15.

Kick-off is on Friday night in Dunedin.