23 Aug 2018

Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett to start for All Blacks at Eden Park

5:49 am on 23 August 2018

Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett come in for the two injured players in the only changes to the All Blacks starting lineup for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park.

Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape.

Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape. Photo: Photosport NZ

Laumape replaces Ryan Crotty at second five eighth and Jordie Barrett starts at fullback with Ben Smith going onto the right wing and Waisake Naholo moving across to the left wing for the injured Rieko Ioane.

The forward pack is the same that won the opening game in Sydney with Owen Franks set to play his 100th Test.

Ofa Tuungafasi comes back onto the reserves bench for Tim Perry.

"The team is fully aware that it has the opportunity to close out the Bledisloe Cup series on Saturday," All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said. "In saying that, we know that there'll be a massive response from Australia following their performance last week. Not only are we excited by this challenge, but we're looking forward to responding ourselves with a better performance.

"Our preparation this week - both physically and mentally - has been all about getting ready to do that. We'll be looking to execute to an even higher level and play at an intensity that will challenge ourselves and our opponent."

Hansen also paid tribute to Owen Franks.

"Whilst last week was a special occasion for Sammy Whitelock, this week it's Owie's turn to join that special club. He has started 90 of his 99 Tests to date, which is an incredible achievement for a tighthead prop, one of the most physically demanding positions on the footy field.

"His professionalism and dedication to improvement has been an inspiration to other All Blacks for quite some time now. We congratulate him and his family on such a wonderful achievement."

All Black prop Owen Franks.

All Black prop Owen Franks. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hansen said the All Blacks were looking forward to playing at home in front of a sold-out Eden Park.

"It's always a pleasure to play at such a great stadium and the team is always buoyed by the outstanding support."

Additional temporary seating has taken Eden Park's capacity total to 48,511 for Saturday night's second double-header.

Meanwhile, Nehe Milner-Skudder has been released to again play for Manawatu in their Mitre 10 Cup Ranfurly Shield match against Taranaki on Friday evening.

Matchday 23 (Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (35)

2. Codie Taylor (33)

3. Owen Franks (99)

4. Brodie Retallick (69)

5. Samuel Whitelock (100)

6. Liam Squire (18)

7. Sam Cane (56)

8. Kieran Read - captain (110)

9. Aaron Smith (75)

10. Beauden Barrett (65)

11. Waisake Naholo (20)

12. Ngani Laumape (6)

13. Jack Goodhue (2)

14. Ben Smith (69)

15. Jordie Barrett (5)

16. Nathan Harris (14)

17. Karl Tu'inukuafe (4)

18. Ofa Tuungafasi (17)

19. Scott Barrett (20)

20. Ardie Savea (26)

21. TJ Perenara (46)

22. Damian McKenzie (16)

23. Anton Lienert-Brown (25)

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