Team named

Eight players set to debut against Japan

The match will also see the return of 56-test veteran hooker Dane Coles, who has spent almost a year out after injuring his knee ligaments last November.

Many of the first-choice players are heading to London tonight to prepare for their blockbuster test against England at Twickenham, while the rest of the squad remains in Japan.

Coach Steve Hansen has named newcomers loose forward Dalton Papalii and mid-fielder Matt Proctor to start the game, with six players set to debut off the bench.

Three new players named in All Blacks squad

Highlanders loose forward Shannon Frizell, Crusaders loose forward Jordan Taufua and Chiefs halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi are the three possible debutantes.

Sam Whitelock captains the side in the absence of the injured Kieran Read.

Also selected are Crusaders teammates Tim Perry, Richie Mo'unga and Jack Goodhue, who played non-Test matches on last year's European tour and are yet to make their Test debuts.

All Blacks team named for Investec Rugby Championship opener

The matchday 23 features the starting front row of 94-Test veteran Owen Franks, fellow prop Joe Moody and hooker Codie Taylor, with Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett and Ofa Tu'ungafasi the front row cover. The experienced locking combination of Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick will pair up for their 44th start together, with Luke Romano providing impact off the bench.

Ikale Tahi team named against Manu Samoa

The Test match is expected to be a physical encounter with both teams here to prove themselves in this World Cup Qualifiers with Tonga having a massive Home Ground advantage.

Nuku’alofa Times reports the Team has some big names included such as veteran Flanker Nili Latu, David Halaifonua, Sonatane Takulua and a few young bloods such as Cooper Vuna and Jack Ram to name a few.

Here is the Team:

Loose Head prop – Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

Hooker – Paula Ngauamo

Tighthead Prop – Siua Halanukonuka

Locks – Leva Fifita

Lock – Sitiveni Mafi 

Wallabies rejig backline for third Bledisloe

Defence coach Nathan Grey endorsed Hodge as an inside centre option before the Wallabies flew to Auckland on Thursday.

“His skill set, he's a big body, he carries the ball very well and he's got a good passing game that he uses and he's got good speed, so all those attributes are very positive to have in a 12,” he said.

“He defends there, in at 12 anyway for us, so he's used to being in that environment.”

Quade Cooper has been dropped to the bench to make way for Foley to return to his usual playmaking spot.