Steve Hansen is going for the jugular in the two-Test Bledisloe Cup series, naming a power-packed All Blacks team for the opening clash in Perth.
The Wallabies have rolled the dice with James O’Connor as they look to fire their attack against the All Blacks, who have named a power-packed team for the Rugby Championship clash in Perth on Saturday.
There are four changes up front from the Springboks stalemate, most notably the return of twin flankers Ardie Savea and Sam Cane. Openside specialist Savea, arguably the best player in New Zealand this year, will make his first appearance as a blindside flanker in 37 Tests.
It means veteran captain Kieran Read remains at No.8, squashing the speculation that he would shift to the side of the scrum to make way for Savea’s power running from the base.
Injured lock Brodie Retallick is replaced by Scott Barrett, who has recovered from a broken finger suffered seven weeks ago. Barrett is one of four Crusaders players in the tight five.
The exception is hooker Dane Coles, promoted to start ahead of Crusaders rake Codie Taylor.
All Blacks vs Australia in Perth:
Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Res: George Bridge, Ngani Laumape, TJ Perenara, Matt Todd, Patrick Tuipulotu, Angus Ta’avao, Atu Moli, Codie Taylor.