Mils Muliaina will make his 100th appearance for New Zealand in Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.
The 31-year-old full-back is set to become the second All Black to reach the 100-Test landmark following captain Richie McCaw, who also returns to the starting line-up after sitting out last Sunday's pool stage victory over Canada.
Soon-to-be centurion Muliaina comes in for Israel Dagg, who misses the match at Auckland's Eden Park due to a haematoma on the thigh.
There was a possibility Muliaina may have fallen short of the milestone after the emergence of Dagg relegated the veteran to a bit-part role.
But according to All Blacks coach Graham Henry, there is no doubt Muliaina fully deserves the honour.
"I want to congratulate Mils on this outstanding achievement," said Henry. "He is a special man and has been a world-class All Black for many years - the consummate professional really - as well as a very influential member of the All Blacks leadership group."
Muliaina said: "Every time you go out there it's special, and no more so than in the last couple of weeks really.
"When I haven't been out there, the realisation of how special it is to be out there has sunk in a little bit more.
"It is a lot of Test matches, but it's something that I'm honoured to have been able to do and I'm just looking forward to getting out there and getting some more game time."
And Muliaina says his side have learned the lessons of the World Cup in 2007, when they were dumped out by France at the same stage.
"Finals football is all about this week," he said. "We learned that last time. We went home and we certainly don't want to do that this weekend."
In total there are six changes to the starting line-up from the one that started against Canada.
An ankle injury continues to rule number eight Adam Thomson out of selection, while wings Richard Kahui and Zac Guildford are both sidelined by hamstring problems.
Kahui's absence means livewire rugby-league convert Sonny Bill Williams, normally a centre, has been named to start on the wing.
Hooker Kevin Mealamu, scrum-half Piri Weepu and second row Brad Thorn all come back into the team.
But the most high-profile inclusion is Colin Slade, who has the unenviable task of replacing talisman and playmaker Dan Carter at fly-half.
Henry has confidence in nine-cap replacement Slade, despite the enormous burden the 23-year-old must carry following Carter's tournament-ending groin injury.
"Colin's the navigator who's got to run the ship, a big ask when he's playing alongside guys with 100 caps," said Henry.
"But I've been pleased with him, he's getting better and growing more confident within the group. I think he'll do well.
"It was a hell of a tragedy for Dan but it's brought greater resolve to the group. They wanted to do the job anyway but now they want to do it for Dan too."
Aaron Cruden, called into the squad following the injury to Carter, will provide back-up to Slade on the bench.
New Zealand: 15. Mils Muliaina; 14. Cory Jane, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 11. Sonny Bill Williams; 10. Colin Slade, 9. Piri Weepu; 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Richie McCaw (capt), 8. Kieran Read.
Replacements: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Victor Vito, Jimmy Cowan, Aaron Cruden, Isaia Toeava.
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