WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Jordie Barrett won the nod to start at fullback in an injury enforced backline reshuffle as New Zealand brace for an Australian backlash in their Rugby Championship clash in Auckland on Saturday.
With wing Rieko Ioane ruled out, Waisake Naholo moves across to the left wing to accommodate Ben Smith on the right with Barrett, not required last week in Sydney, runs on at fullback for his third Test start. His inclusion comes just a week after coach Steve Hansen said the 21-year-old needed "a bit of reflection" time away from the Test arena.
The one other backline change sees the pocket-rocket Ngani Laumape take the 12 jersey to replace Ryan Crotty who was concussed when the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 38-13 in Sydney last week. The starting forward pack is unchanged - with tighthead prop Owen Franks to play his milestone 100th Test - but on the bench Ofa Tuungafasi comes in for Tim Perry.
Another win to New Zealand will give them the Bledisloe Cup, contested annually between the two countries, for a 16th straight year. They will also move a step closer to a sixth title in seven years in the Rugby Championship which also involves South Africa and Argentina.
Although the final score in the first Test of the series portrayed an overwhelming All Blacks victory, not everything went according to plan and they trailed 6-5 at half-time. When naming the second Test side on Thursday, coach Steve Hansen said he expected a much more determined Australian unit to take the field in the return encounter.