The Blues will welcome back prop Charlie Faumuina after a two month injury lay-off for their clash with the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday night.
Faumuina hasn't played for the Blues since tearing his calf against the Lions in round 12, just days before he was named in the All Blacks wider training squad.
With Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock also suffering calf strains this season, this weekend's game will be just the third time the Blues have been able to field a full strength front row.
Steven Luatua has overcome a foot injury sustained against the Force last week and will shift from flanker to lock, but Rene Ranger remains on the sidelines due to a groin strain.
Ranger was due to play his 50th game for the Blues, but Hadleigh Parkes will now take his place on the left wing.
"We actually have 16 guys out from our original squad so it's a big challenge going out to play the Brumbies who have proven their critics wrong, they're a good side," said coach Pat Lam.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 5.30pm (NZ time).
Blues: Charles Piutau, Lachie Munro, Francis Saili, Ma'a Nonu, Hadleigh Parkes, Michael Hobbs, Piri Weepu, Luke Braid, Daniel Braid, Chris Lowrey, Steven Luatua, Liaki Moli, Charlie Faumuina, Kevin Mealamu (c), Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Tom McCartney, Tevita Mailau, Andrew Van der Heijden, Peter Saili, Alby Mathewson, Orene Ai'i, Sherwin Stowers.
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