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The Highlanders and All Black fullback was expected by many to be named on the bench for the clash, but the selectors have opted for Jordie Barrett as back-up from the pine.
Other talking points are the choice of Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue in midfield; Brodie Retallick given a start at lock; and Codie Taylor to start at hooker.
The team is:
15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (C), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tj Perenara, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Jordie Barrett.