New Zealand name team to play Australia

New Zealand have opted for Tom Taylor, the Crusaders utility back, at fly-half for the second Bledisloe Cup match this weekend in the absence of Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, all of whom are sidelined with injuries.

The only other change is also injury-enforced, with lock Brodie Retallick coming in for Luke Romano. Colin Slade and Jeremy Thrush come onto the bench, as do hooker Dane Coles and fit-again prop Wyatt Crockett.

New Zealand team to play Australia, Sat 24th August KO 19.35 (local time)
Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Tom Taylor, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Steven Luatua; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau.