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Beauden Barrett volition commencement astatine five-eighth and halfback Aaron Smith volition skipper the All Blacks for the archetypal clip erstwhile New Zealand meets Fiji astatine Dunedin contiguous (5.05pm AEST) successful the archetypal of 2 Test matches.

Barrett is successful contention with Richie Mo'unga for the All Blacks No.10 jersey aft returning from a sabbatical successful Japan.

Mo'unga has been New Zealand's starting five-eighth for astir of the past 2 seasons and Barrett has been fitted into the nationalist squad astatine fullback successful a dual playmaker role.

Barrett played astatine five-eighth during his clip successful Japan and has made wide helium wants to play astatine 10 again for the All Blacks.

Barrett present has a accidental to marque his assertion to the role, with Mo'unga near retired of the lucifer 23.

Damian McKenzie has been named connected the seat arsenic cover.

Smith has been picked to pb the All Blacks successful his 98th Test, restoring his erstwhile halves concern with Barrett.

"Aaron is simply a peculiar subordinate with existent mana and a earthy person and his mentation is 2nd to none," manager Ian Foster said.

Lock Brodie Retallick returns to the lineup for the archetypal clip successful astir 2 years aft besides taking up a declaration successful Japan.

He volition harvester successful the 2nd enactment with Patrick Tuipulotu.

Loosehead prop George Bower and openside flanker Ethan Blackadder volition commencement a Test for the archetypal clip aft making debuts from the seat against Tonga.

Blackadder is the lad of erstwhile All Blacks skipper and Crusaders manager Todd Blackadder.

Foster has selected David Havili and Rieko Ioane successful different another caller midfield combination.

Ioane, antecedently a winger, started astatine extracurricular centre past play successful concern with caller headdress Quinn Tupaea.

Havili, usually a fullback, has been utilized successful midfield this play by the Crusaders successful Super Rugby and the All Blacks present person besides pressed him into that role.

He volition beryllium making his archetypal commencement successful his 4th Test.

Jordie Barrett volition commencement astatine fullback successful a backmost 3 with the Crusaders brace of George Bridge and Sevu Reece connected the wings.

Will Jordan, who scored 5 of the All Blacks' 16 tries successful their 102-0 triumph implicit Tonga, is named connected the bench.

Highlanders prop Ethan de Groot volition apt marque his Test debut arsenic a replacement.

"The Fiji squad volition bring a precise antithetic situation from Tonga," Foster said.

"They are a much established broadside made up of chiefly overseas-based players who are amongst immoderate of the amended players successful Europe.

"It should beryllium a fast, carnal lucifer and our squad are excited by what the play volition bring."

The inexperienced Simione Kuruvoli volition commencement astatine scrumhalf for Fiji successful spot of Frank Lomani, who has been incapable to question from Australia to New Zealand due to the fact that of a COVID-19 outbreak successful New South Wales.

Queensland-based scrumhalf Mosese Sorovi and five-eighth Teti Tela are besides affected.

Fiji manager Vern Cotter said Kuruvoli, who volition beryllium marking Smith successful lone his 2nd crippled for Fiji, "has large shoes to capable but helium has trained truly well, speaks and connects good with Ben Volavola positive helium has got Kini Murimiruvalu astatine fullback who volition besides usher him."

Cotter said Seta Tuicuvu volition commencement connected the seat arsenic screen for fullback and the halves.

"He is simply a talented player." Cotter said.

"He doesn't speech overmuch but helium played precise good astatine halfback during grooming and impressed america capable to beryllium connected the bench."

Fiji has named an experienced guardant battalion with Peni Ravia, Sam Matavei and Mesake Doge successful the beforehand row, Leone Nakarawa astatine fastener and Albert Tuisue astatine backrow.

"Leone Nakarawa coming backmost successful the squad has helped cohesion successful the lineout and lineout calling arsenic helium brings experience," Cotter said.

"Some young players person been named connected the seat specified arsenic Peni Narisia who plays for Brive, has been playing good and has impressed us."

Uncapped Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele and Eneriko Buliruarua person been included connected the bench.

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ethan de Groot, Tyrel Lomax, Sam Whitelock, Luke Jacobson, Finlay Christie, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan

FIJI (15-1): Keni Murimurivalu, Eroni Sau, Waisea Nayacalevu, Levani Botia (c), Nemani Nadolo, Ben Volavola, Simioni Kuruvoli, Albet Tuisue, Mesulame Kunavula, Johnny Dyer, Leone Nakarawa, Temo Mayanavanua, Mesake Doge, Samuel Matavesi, Peni Ravai

Reserves: Peni Narisia, Haereiti Hetet, Leeroy Atalifo, Tevita Ratuva, Peceli Yato, Setareki Tuicuvu, Eneriko Buliruarua, Manasa Mataele

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