Piri Weepu will start at halfback for the Hurricanes in their top-of-the-table Super 14 match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night.
Weepu has started just one match at number 9 this season, having spent most of his time at first-five-eighth and more recently coming off the bench.
Alby Mathewson is on the bench.
Cory Jane is back at fullback after injury, while Tamati Ellison has been bracketed on the right wing with Zac Guildford after suffering a head knock against the Blues last weekend.
Victory for either side will secure their place in the semi-finals.