The man who had to fill the breach when Dan Carter spent the first part of the season on the sidelines, will get his first start for the All Blacks on their end of year tour against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday morning.
Stephen Donald started 5 of the first 6 tests of the season, but has been restricted to the bench for 3 matches on tour.
He and prop John Afoa are the last squad members to make a start on tour.
Bay of Plenty's Mike Delany is in the reserves for the Baabaa's match and coach Graham Henry says both will get an opportunity.
Richie McCaw will captain the side with Liam Meesam and Rodney So'oialo the other loosies, Jason Eaton and Anthony Boric are the locks, Luke McAlister and Tamati Ellison the centres with Zac Guildford, Ben Smith and Cory Jane the three-quarters.