Injured All Blacks loose forward Victor Vito is out of the Hurricanes' side to face the Cheetahs in the Super Rugby match in Wellington on Saturday.

Vito strained a calf in training on Thursday and his No.8 jersey goes to Brad Shields, who will make his first appearance in the starting 15.

Mike Reddish comes into the squad to take Shields' place on the bench.

The Hurricanes' selection also features the return of openside flanker Karl Lowe, who missed the entire 2011 season through injury.

Lowe, who damaged the cruciate ligament in a knee at the end of 2010, played for the Hurricanes Development side last week against Samoa A.

Lock James Broadhurst and inside centre Charlie Ngatai will start after having come off the bench so far this season.

Hurricanes: Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (capt), Charlie Ngatai, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Brad Shields, Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, James Broadhurst, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Tristan Moran. Res: Motu Matu'u, Michael Bent, Mark Reddish, Jack Lam, Chris Eaton, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Jayden Hayward.

NZ Newswire