Waikato will start their four available All Blacks in a key provincial match against Taranaki in Hamilton on Thursday night.
After a poor start Waikato have recovered to reach eighth on 20 points, one behind Taranaki going into the final round robin match.
Stephen Donald goes back into first five with Richard Kahui at centre, Sitiveni Sivivatu on the left wing and Sione Lauaki at number eight.
Kahui and Sivivatu last played for Waikato in the first Air New Zealand Cup final two years ago.
But Kahui was not available last season while recovering from shoulder surgery and Sivivatu was away with World Cup commitments.
Lauaki is the only change to the forward pack after Friday night's convincing win over Otago.