The All Blacks are boosted by the return of Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams and Rieko Ioane when they take on South Africa. Crotty has been on the sidelines after suffering concussion against Australia in the opening match of the Rugby Championship, but will return in Wellington on Saturday.
Coach Steve Hansen has also recalled Ioane to the left wing after he recovered from a hamstring injury, while Williams has been named on the bench.
“We’ve had a good week’s preparation here in the capital focusing on what we need to bring to the game through our skillsets, the intensity of our play and our energy,” said Hansen after he named his side.
“We know that we’ll have to be at our very best in all these areas to counter an opposition we know will be desperate following their back-to-back losses.
“That means we’ll have to respond with a quality performance and a real hunger to be better. You just have to look at our last encounter in Cape Town to understand what kind of beast we will be facing.”