The 44-test loose forward will come off the bench in Sunday's Super Rugby Aotearoa clash with the Blues in Auckland.
Gareth Evans is at number 8, with Du'Plessis Kirifi at openside and Reed Prinsep at blindside.
Dane Coles starts at hooker and co-captains the team with fellow All Black, halfback TJ Perenara.
Jackson Garden-Bachop is at first-five with Ngani Laumape at second-five. Chase Tiatia is at fullback in the absence of the injured Jordie Barrett.
Head coach, Jason Holland says the team is raring to go.
"It was the toughest selection for a long time, with very few injuries and most players desperate for an opportunity."
As for Savea, he has not played a game for the Hurricanes this year, after undergoing knee surgery at the end of 2019.
Whilst he starts on the bench, Holland says it's great to have the flanker back in the mix.
"Ardie has progressed well and it's awesome to see him excited about getting back out there."
Sunday could mean redemption for the Hurricanes, who went down to the Blues 24 - 15 at Sky Stadium in March.
Holland says he's expecting an extremely physical game.
"The team that wins the physical battle and is the most disciplined in the heat of the battle will go a long way to getting a result."
Any fears of Super Rugby Aotearoa going ahead behind closed doors are all but a distant memory now, with over 37,000 fans expected at Eden Park.
The Hurricanes team to face the Blues in Auckland is:
15 Chase Tiatia
14 Wes Goosen
13 Vince Aso
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Ben Lam
10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
9 TJ Perenara [CC]
8 Gareth Evans
7 Du'Plessis Kirifi
6 Reed Prinsep
5 Scott Scrafton
4 James Blackwell
3 Tyrel Lomax
2 Dane Coles [CC]
1 Fraser Armstrong
16 Asafo Aumua
17 Tevita Mafileo
18 Alex Fidow
19 Isaia Walker-Leawere
20 Vaea Fifita
21 Ardie Savea
22 Jamie Booth
23 Billy Proctor