All Blacks get new captain as Barrett returns

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Beauden Barrett volition commencement astatine five-eighth and halfback Aaron Smith volition skipper the All Blacks for the archetypal clip erstwhile New Zealand meets Fiji astatine Dunedin connected Saturday (5.05pm AEST) successful the archetypal of 2 Test matches.

Barrett is successful contention with Richie Mo'unga for the All Blacks No.10 jersey aft returning from a sabbatical successful Japan.

Mo'unga has been New Zealand's starting five-eighth for astir of the past 2 seasons and Barrett has been fitted into the nationalist squad astatine fullback successful a dual playmaker role.

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Beauden Barrett watches member Jordie portion from the Bledisloe Cup. (Getty)

Barrett played astatine five-eighth during his clip successful Japan and has made wide helium wants to play astatine 10 again for the All Blacks.

Mo'unga started astatine 10 successful the All Blacks' first Test of the twelvemonth against Tonga past week.

Barrett present has a accidental to marque his assertion to the role, with Mo'unga near retired of the lucifer 23.

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Damian McKenzie of the Chiefs scores the winning try. (Getty)

Damian McKenzie has been named connected the seat arsenic cover.

Smith has been picked to pb the All Blacks successful his 98th Test, restoring his erstwhile halves concern with Barrett.

"Aaron is simply a peculiar subordinate with existent mana and a earthy person and his mentation is 2nd to none," manager Ian Foster said.

Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett precocious 5 astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

Lock Brodie Retallick returns to the lineup for the archetypal clip successful astir 2 years aft besides taking up a declaration successful Japan.

He volition harvester successful the 2nd enactment with Patrick Tuipulotu.

Loosehead prop George Bower and openside flanker Ethan Blackadder volition commencement a Test for the archetypal clip aft making debuts from the seat against Tonga.

Ethan Blackadder of the Crusaders is tackled. (Getty)

Blackadder is the lad of erstwhile All Blacks skipper and Crusaders manager Todd Blackadder.

Foster has selected David Havili and Rieko Ioane successful different another caller midfield combination.

Ioane, antecedently a winger, started astatine extracurricular centre past play successful concern with caller headdress Quinn Tupaea.

David Havili of the Crusaders offloads portion nether pressure. (Getty)

Havili, usually a fullback, has been utilized successful midfield this play by the Crusaders successful Super Rugby and the All Blacks present person besides pressed him into that role.

He volition beryllium making his archetypal commencement successful his 4th Test.

Jordie Barrett volition commencement astatine fullback successful a backmost 3 with the Crusaders brace of George Bridge and Sevu Reece connected the wings.

Will Jordan of the All Blacks runs with the shot astatine Mt Smart Stadium. (Getty)

Will Jordan, who scored 5 of the All Blacks' 16 tries successful their 102-0 triumph implicit Tonga, is named connected the bench.

Highlanders prop Ethan de Groot volition apt marque his Test debut arsenic a replacement.

"The Fiji squad volition bring a precise antithetic situation from Tonga," Foster said.

All Blacks manager Ian Foster astatine McDonald Jones Stadium. (Getty)

"They are a much established broadside made up of chiefly overseas-based players who are amongst immoderate of the amended players successful Europe.

"It should beryllium a fast, carnal lucifer and our squad are excited by what the play volition bring."

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ethan de Groot, Tyrel Lomax, Sam Whitelock, Luke Jacobson, Finlay Christie, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan

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