The 44-test loose forward will come off the bench in Sunday's Super Rugby Aotearoa clash with the Blues in Auckland.
Gareth Evans is at number 8, with Du'Plessis Kirifi at openside and Reed Prinsep at blindside.
Dane Coles starts at hooker and co-captains the team with fellow All Black, halfback TJ Perenara.
Jackson Garden-Bachop is at first-five with Ngani Laumape at second-five. Chase Tiatia is at fullback in the absence of the injured Jordie Barrett.
Head coach, Jason Holland says the team is raring to go.