Scotland coach Andy Robinson has made five changes to his starting XV for Sunday's Test against New Zealand at Murrayfield.
The changes made from the team that rounded off the southern hemisphere tour with a last-gasp win against Samoa in June - following on earlier successes against Australia and Fiji - see Nick De Luca return for the injured Joe Ansbro at centre, Mike Blair starts instead of the recuperating Chris Cusiter and Geoff Cross, Jim Hamilton and captain Kelly Brown appear in the pack in place of Euan Murray, Alastair Kellock and Richie Vernon.
Brown will captain Scotland for the first time and wins his 50th cap, while there are first international starts at Murrayfield for Edinburgh backs Matt Scott and Tim Visser as well as Glasgow Warriors prop Ryan Grant.
Lock Richie Gray has made good progress from his ankle injury sustained on club duty last month and is pencilled in to play, subject to a fitness test later this week.
On the bench, Glasgow Warriors' uncapped 23-year-old scrum-half Henry Pyrgos is rewarded for his fine form in recent weeks with a first-ever involvement in a Scotland matchday squad.
Robinson knows his side will have to perform at their best against the All Blacks who will be keen to return to their winning ways after they drew their last match against Australia in Brisbane last month.
"For our first game of the season we will really need to start well and keep the game simple," he said.
"New Zealand are the world champions and they perform the basic skills, well, under the highest pressure.
"We need to step up from the summer tour and be ready to go toe to toe in a physical contest, just as Australia did most recently against New Zealand in Brisbane.
"Congratulations to Kelly Brown who will captain Scotland for the first time and will join distinguished company in winning his 50th cap."
Brown is the 32nd Scot to reach the milestone of 50 caps.
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Mike Blair,8 Kelly Brown, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Allan Jacobsen, 18 Kyle Traynor, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Max Evans.
Date: Sunday, November 11
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: Jerome Garces (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzere (France) and Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Television match official:Graham Hughes (England)