DUBLIN – The world champion All Blacks have made just one injury-enforced change to the matchday squad to face Ireland in Saturday's one-off Test showdown in Dublin.
Centre Ryan Crotty starts in place of Sonny Bill Williams, who injured his shoulder in last week's dramatic 16-15 win over England, opening a space for Anton Lienert-Brown on the bench.
Coach Steve Hansen reinforced his comments earlier this week that the clash between his top-ranked team and number two Ireland would determine bragging rights for who was the world's best team.
"These are the types of Test matches that gets everyone up," he said. "It's number one versus number two, and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday."
Hansen has persisted with his preference to field two playmakers against top sides, with Beauden Barrett at fly-half and Damian McKenzie at fullback.