After the win against Tonga, the All Blacks announced the XV to host Fiji in Dunedin with Aaron Smith as captain, It will be a special night for the scrum half, who will wear the ribbon for the first time in his 98th games wearing the New Zealand jersey.
On the other hand, Brodie Retallick returns to the second row after being absent in 2020, Beauden Barrett will put the 20, while David Havili is back in the national team since 2017.
On Smith’s captaincy, Ian Foster, he said: “Aaron is a special player, a natural leader and his preparation is second to none.”
New Zealand: 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala; 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Brodie Retallick; 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Ethan Blackadder, 8. Hoskins Sotutu; 9. Aaron Smith (cap), 10. Beauden Barrett; 11. George Bridge, 12. David Havili, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Sevu Reece; 15. Jordie Barrett.
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Ethan de Groot, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Samuel Whitelock, 20. Luke Jacobson, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Damian McKenzie and 23. Will Jordan.