New Zealand have made 12 changes for their next Pool B game against Namibia in the Rugby World Cup, with Brodie Retallick starting his first match since July and Jordie Barrett starting as fly-half for the first time.
The All Blacks listed a victory over Canada on Wednesday and also with merely a turnaround until they play with Namibia on Sunday, head coach Steve Hansen has freshened his starting XV with 3 players up retaining their location.
Retallick returns after dislocating his knee and enduring nerve injury against South Africa in July.
Even the 28-year-old lock, who was 2014 World Player of the Year, was first contained in the squad in the expectation he would be fit for the first time stage, however, hes come back sooner than anticipated.
One player to keep his position in the side will be Jordie Barrett, who moves from the wing to play fly-half for the first time for the All Blacks.
Barrett will fill out for his brother along with Richie Mounga Beauden Barrett since the sole two specialist No 10s in Hansens squad have been rested before their closing Pool B fixture against Italy.
Jack Goodhue and Shannon Frizell retain their spots at outside-centre along with blindside-flanker respectively, while Sam Whitelock captains the side at Kieran Reids lack.
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 George Bridge, 10 Jordie Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Joe Moody, two Codie Taylor, 3 Nepo Laulala 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Sam Cane, 8 Ardie Savea.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 Angus Taavao, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Brad Weber, 22 TJ Perenara, 23 Rieko Ioane.
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