The Hurricanes have dropped fullback Jordie Barrett to the reserves, so they can give first five Otere Black just his second start of the season.
All Black first five Beauden Barrett has been moved to fullback so Black can start at first five against the South African side the Cheetahs in Wellington on Saturday.
There are four changes to the team that started in the loss to the Crusaders with lock Sam Lousi set to make his starting debut.
Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane on the right wing, and Ben May returns at loose head prop for Chris Eves.
Barrett's move back to fullback gives younger brother Jordie a break having appeared in every match this season and started the past seven.
Lousi will make his fourth appearance of the campaign, but just his first start since joining the club from the New South Wales Waratahs this year.
He will partner fellow Tongan Vaea Fifita in the second row with Mark Abbott taking a break on the bench after starting the past eight matches.
With a tough tour to South Africa and Perth coming up, Boyd said it was important to manage some of his player's workloads.
"We have some guys who have shouldered a particularly big load through the first ten matches, and other guys who, through injury have not had a lot of time."
Boyd said the changes were not an indication of taking the Cheetahs lightly.
"The Cheetahs are a particularly dangerous team that can score tries from anywhere and also have a big forward pack up front. We know they will bring a lot to the match."
The Cheetahs have won just two of their eleven matches this season with their wins coming against the Bulls and Sunwolves.