Ihaia West (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Ihaia West will make his first Vodacom Super Rugby start when the Blues take on the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
West replaces Simon Hickey in the starting line-up.
In other changes, George Moala is named on the left wing ahead of Tevita Li who has been stood down for a breach of internal team protocol, while scrumhalf Piri Weepu has overcome a groin strain to be named on the bench.
The Blues are currently bottom of the New Zealand Conference and 10th in the Overall standings.
The Hurricanes are enjoying far better fortune and find themselves second and fifth in the New Zealand Conference and Overall log, respectively.
15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 George Moala, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Peter Saili, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Albert Nikoro
15 Matt Proctor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks/Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon/Motu Matu'u/Goodes/ Michael Kainga, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Goodes/Brendon Edmonds, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Tim Bateman, 23 James Marshall