Naholo to make Test debut

Waisake Naholo will start on the right wing for the All Blacks against Argentina in Christchurch on Friday.

The 24-year-old comes in for George Moala in one of six changes from the match 23 that beat Samoa last week.

Lock Brodie Retallick is back in the starting XV, replacing Sam Whitelock, with Jeremy Thrush coming in as lock reserve; TJ Perenara is at scrumhalf, with Andy Ellis moving to the bench; while Ma'a Nonu has been named at centre in his 95th Test, with Ryan Crotty moving to the bench.

Another new All Black, Codie Taylor, replaces Hikawera Elliot as reserve hooker and the only other change to the bench sees loose forward Liam Messam come in for Matt Todd.

The match 23 boasts 1,068 caps worth of experience and an average age of 28 years.

All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ma'a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Ryan Crotty.

Photo: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

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