Luke McAlister returns to the Blues starting XV for the Super 14 clash with the ACT Brumbies in Canberra this weekend.
Versatile All Black inside-half McAlister steps in for centres Isaia Toeava (shoulder) and Sam Tuitupou (knee), who failed fitness checks after last week's win over the Crusaders.
Anthony Tuitavake partners North Harbour team-mate McAlister in the midfield, with Rudi Wulf moving on to the wing as the Ranfurly Shield holders provide five of the six outside backs.
Blues: George Pisi, Doug Howlett, Anthony Tuitavake, Luke McAlister, Rudi Wulf, Isa Nacewa, David Gibson; Saimone Taumoepeau, Derren Witcombe, John Afoa, Greg Rawlinson, Troy Flavell (c), Angus Macdonald, Daniel Braid, Jerome Kaino.
Reserves: Chris Heard, Nick White, Anthony Boric, Justin Collins, Steve Devine, David Holwell, Ben Atiga.