- The All Blacks have made three changes for the return Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday including a Test start for centre Ryan Crotty.
Bruising stalwarts Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino have failed to recover from injuries picked up in last week's 12-12 battle of attrition in Sydney, while Conrad Smith returns after missing the first match due to the birth of his son.
The loss of Nonu produces a new All Blacks centre pairing with the safe Crotty preferred to run on in the 12 jersey ahead of the explosive Malakai Fekitoa who deputised for Smith in the first Test.
Crotty has taken the field as a replacement in his previous seven Tests.
The 32-Test loose forward Liam Messam, who slipped behind Kaino in the pecking order this year, returns to the starting line up in the one change to the forwards.