The All Blacks team to play Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup Test of the year has been named.

The Test will be played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, this Saturday 18 October. (Kick-off: 7.05PM QLD time, 10.05PM NZT. 12 midday SA Time )

The starting XV features two changes from the front row which started the Test against South Africa 12 days ago, with Dane Coles starting at hooker and propWyatt Crockett coming back from injury at loosehead prop. Lock Brodie Retallickalso returns from injury to the second row and Liam Messam is at blindside flanker. The backline features just one change, with Cory Jane coming in for the rested Ben Smith on the right wing.

On the reserves bench, Patrick Tuipulotu has been named at reserve lock, Sam Cane comes in as loose forward cover, TJ Perenara is reserve halfback andCharles Piutau comes in to cover the outside backs.

The team is (with Test caps in brackets):

Starting XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett (32)
2. Dane Coles (23)
3. Owen Franks (63)
4. Brodie Retallick (32)
5. Samuel Whitelock (59)
6. Liam Messam (35)
7. Richie McCaw (captain) (133)
8. Kieran Read (68)
9. Aaron Smith (35)
10. Beauden Barrett (25)
11. Julian Savea (28)
12. Malakai Fekitoa (6)
13. Conrad Smith (82)
14. Cory Jane (51)
15. Israel Dagg (42)

Reserves:

16. Keven Mealamu (119)
17. Ben Franks (37)
18. Charlie Faumuina (22)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (3)
20. Sam Cane (19)
21. TJ Perenara (6)
22. Colin Slade (14)
23. Charles Piutau (10)

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “There is a real sense of determination in the team this week to prepare well and put in a quality performance on the weekend. There were some aspects of our game in the loss to South Africa that we weren’t happy with and we have worked hard on addressing those this week. There is always an expectation that when you pull on the All Blacks jersey, that individually and collectively as a team, you will play well and this week is no different.”

Highlights

* Keven Mealamu looks set to play his 120th Test for the All Blacks from the bench, while Sam Whitelock will play his 60th.
* Beauden Barrett has scored 94 points for the All Blacks and looks set to surpass Kieran Crowley’s record of 105 points as the highest scoring All Black from Taranaki.
* Brodie Retallick will play his 100th game of first-class rugby.
* The All Blacks and Australia have played each other 151 times with 103 wins to the All Blacks, 41 victories to Australia and seven draws. The two previous matches against Australia this year saw the two teams draw 12-12 in the first Test in Sydney in August and the All Blacks win 51-20 in the second Test in Auckland.

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