20 Aug 2014

Same game plan, different All Blacks

7:14 pm on 20 August 2014

They may be missing two of their most influential players, but the All Blacks are adamant their game plan won't change for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland.

Ryan Crotty is tackled by Australia's Israel Folau in 2013.

Ryan Crotty is tackled by Australia's Israel Folau in 2013. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Both Jerome Kaino and Ma'a Nonu are likely to be ruled out with respective elbow and shoulder injuries suffered in the drawn first test in Sydney.

The assistant coach, Ian Foster, says whether it's Ryan Crotty or Malakai Fekitoa who replaces Nonu the strategy won't differ.

Foster says both players are preparing well and the selectors are confident that they each have the skill set and the mind set to fill in for Nonu.

Ian Foster says Crotty is likely to get the starting berth ahead of Fekitoa in a backline strengthened by the return of Conrad Smith after the birth of his first child.

The All Black team is named on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says he'll adopt new tactics despite picking the same team as last week.

Australia have named an unchanged 23 for the match at Eden Park, a venue where the Wallabies haven't won for 28 years.

McKenzie says while he's giving the same players another chance they know they have to perform to keep their places in the team.