Another All Black switch for Jordie Barrett
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has made seven changes to the side that will face Scotland on Sunday.
Among the alterations is a debut for Mark Telea on the right wing in place of Sevu Reece.
Wing Mark Telea has been selected to make his first Test appearance. The 25-year-old was called in as injury cover for this campaign and is now in line to become All Black number 1207.
While 16 All Blacks have been retained from the match day 23 that played in last week’s win against Wales, some different combinations are set to be used against Scotland.
Scrumhalf Finlay Christie will wear the number nine jersey for the third time. He will mark the special occasion at a ground which is an hour north of the region where he was born and raised until the age of seven. Outside him at flyhalf, Beauden Barrett will mark his 56th Test in the number 10 jersey.
Midfielders David Havili and Anton Lienert-Brown will feature in the run-on side after being used in tandem as reserves during the last two Tests. Their inclusion sees Jordie Barrett revert to fullback.
In the forward pack, Samisoni Taukei’aho has been brought into the run-on side at hooker, Nepo Laulala at tighthead prop and Akira Ioane at blindside flank. The new faces in the reserves are loosehead prop George Bower, scrumhalf TJ Perenara and utility Stephen Perofeta.
“We’ve selected a team that excites us this week,” said head coach Ian Foster.
“In many ways this Test is crucial for our tour as a whole and it’s a chance to show how we’re building as a group.
“Remembrance Day will make the occasion even more special. I think it’s important for us to honour our veterans for what they do for us.”
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock (Captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 Rieko Ioane
Date: Sunday, November 13
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 14.15 (14.15 GMT; 03.15 NZDT Monday, November 14)
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland) & Chris Busby (Ireland)
TMO: Tom Foley (Ireland)