Ardie Savea, Tupou Vaa’i and Patrick Tuipulotu of the All Blacks sing the New Zealand national anthem during the Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on October 18, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

All Blacks ring changes for Argentina match

All Blacks team to play Argentina in the Tri Nations Test at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 14 November (Kick off 9.10pm EAT) has been named.

The matchday 23 forward pack features the return of Joe Moody, who missed the last two Tests through HIA (head injury assessment) protocols.

He will pack down alongside Dane Coles and Tyrel Lomax.  Hooker Codie Taylor is on the bench alongside Alex Hodgman and Nepo Laulala, who has returned from parental leave.  Patrick Tuipulotu, who missed the Brisbane Test with illness, has been named in the second row alongside Samuel Whitelock, with Tupou Vaa’i covering from the bench.

The back row is Shannon Frizell at six, Captain Sam Cane in the seven jersey and Ardie Savea at number eight, with Hoskins Sotutu loose forward cover.

In the backs, Aaron Smith has been selected in the nine jersey, with Brad Weber on the bench as halfback cover, Richie Mo’unga is at ten, with Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown the midfield combination.

Caleb Clarke is on the left wing, Jordie Barrett moves to the right and Beauden Barrett is at fullback.  Rieko Ioane and Damian McKenzie are the other reserve backs.

All Blacks: 1-Joe Moody , 2-Dane Coles, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu, 5-Samuel Whitelock, 6-Shannon Frizell , 7-Sam Cane (c), 8-Ardie Savea, 9-Aaron Smith , 10-Richie Mo’unga, 11-Caleb Clarke , 12-Jack Goodhue, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 14-Jordie Barrett, 15-Beauden Barrett

Reserves: 16- Codie Taylor, 17-Alex Hodgman, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Tupou Vaa’i , 20-Hoskins Sotutu, 21-Brad Weber, 22-Rieko Ioane, 23-Damian McKenzie

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