The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to the starting XV that lost to the Western Force, for the side's local derby against the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.
Sam Whitelock returns as does flanker Matt Todd.
Winger Zac Guildford takes the number 11 jersey moving Adam Whitelock to the bench.
Blackadder says after three weeks on the road the team are glad to be at home again and says the southern derby typically brings out the best in both sides.
The game will mark Whitelock's 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders. His brother Adam will achieve the same milestone if he makes the field.