The Crusaders have named a strong team to face the Lions on Friday which includes the inclusion of All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor.
Scott Barrett and Matt Todd will not feature as the duo were given an extended break which will see Quinten Strange and Billy Harmon start.
A shuffle in the backline will see George Bridge and Sevu Reece start as the two wings with Braydon Ennor shifting to centre to partner Ryan Crotty while Mitchell Drummond starts at scrumhalf.
Luke Whitelock will lead the side while Kieran Read starts at No8 as he continues to work his way back to full fitness and form.
Finally, there could be a debut for Ngane Punivai with the 20-year-old former New Zealand U20 wing being named on the bench.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Michael Dunshea, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Ngane Puniva