Wellington have been boosted by the return of All Black pair TJ Perenara and Jeremy Thrush for their ITM Cup meeting with Manawatu on Friday.
The scrum-half and second-row go straight into the starting XV while Mark Reddish is back from injury and wears the blindside flanker jersey.
Lions head coach Chris Boyd has also included Christian Lloyd at lock and opts for Chase Tiatia at number ten for the game against the Turbos.
Wellington are currently bottom of the Premiership standings after two defeats from two, against Waikato and Northland in their opening games.
Meanwhile, Manawatu have handed wing Nathan Tudreu his ITM Cup debut in jersey number 11 while fly-half Otere Black earns a first start.
Championship side the Turbos have won one and lost one so far this season, prevailing at Northland in Round One before going down on home soil against Auckland last Sunday.
Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Ope Peleseuma, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Andrew Wells, 10 Chase Tiatia, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Mark Reddish, 5 Christian Lloyd, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Taniela Koroi, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Tolu Fahamokioa.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Vaea Fifita, 19 Henry Stowers, 20 Sheridan Rangihuna, 21 Tu Umaga-Marshall, 22 Tau Mamea.
Manawatu: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Newton Tudreu, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Nathan Tudreu, 10 Otere Black, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 James Oliver, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Keepa Mewett, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Rob Foreman, 1 Chris Eves.
Replacements: 16 Nick Grogan, 17 Hubert Buydens, 18 Fraser Stone, 19 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 20 Jamie Booth, 21 Jade Te Rure, 22 Jaxon Tagavaitau.
Date: Friday, August 29
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Richard Kelly