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All Blacks aces Ardie Savea and Anton Lienert-Brown volition marque their archetypal Test appearances of 2021 successful Saturday's rematch with Fiji successful Hamilton.

It volition besides beryllium the 50th Test lucifer for some players.

"To play 50 games for the All Blacks is beauteous peculiar and it's besides peculiar that they get to bash it together," All Blacks manager Ian Foster said.

"Both are truly influential players, they're excited and volition person immoderate arrogant families coming on to watch."

Pressure is gathering connected Foster who has had an underwhelming commencement to his tenure and is disconnected declaration astatine the extremity of the year.

He has signalled that Richie Mo'unga remains his archetypal prime five-eighth aft recalling the Crusaders prima successful spot of past week's No.10 Beauden Barrett, who drops to the bench.

Other absorbing selections are David Havili starting up of Rieko Ioane successful midfield, Scott Barrett edging Brodie Retallick astatine lock, Damian McKenzie picked up of Jordie Barrett astatine fullback and Luke Jacobson and Akira Ioane getting the motion successful a highly competitory escaped guardant mix.

Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho is successful enactment for his Test debut disconnected the seat aft Dane Coles (calf) was ruled retired connected lucifer eve.

"It was the 2nd Test of the twelvemonth for america past play and we were beauteous blessed with our performance," Foster said.

"There were a batch of views astir our show and that's the quality of being successful this team: radical expect perfection.

"We took immoderate truly bully steps up from the week earlier (against Tonga) and we were satisfied with our performance, but it did item immoderate areas we request to support growing.

"This Steinlager Series run has been astir increasing our crippled and making definite we person players that are acceptable to spell for what volition beryllium a agelong season."

Meanwhile, Fiji person named Rebels inferior Frank Lomani to commencement astatine halfback aft helium was capable to question crossed the Tasman from Australia.

New Rebels enlistee Moses Sorovi is connected the seat but skipper Levani Botia has been ruled retired with a genu injury.

Lock Leone Nakarawa volition skipper the tourists instead.

"Earlier successful the week we knew we had a uncertainty with Levani and we spoke to Leone," manager Vern Cotter said.

"He has already been looking aft the lineouts and present helium takes connected a wider enactment role, but helium does that people with his fantabulous enactment skills."

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Sevu Reece, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith, Luke Jacobson, Ardie Savea, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower

Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Ethan de Groot, Angus Ta'avao, Brodie Retallick, Shannon Frizell, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane

FIJI (15-1): Kini Murimurivalu, Setareki Tuicuvu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Eneriko Buliruarua, Nemani Nadolo, Ben Volavola, Frank Lomani, Peceli Yato, Mesulame Kunavula, Johnny Dyer, Leone Nakarawa (c), Temo Mayanavanua, Mesaki Doge, Sam Matavesi, Peni Ravai

Reserves: Mesulame Dolokoto, Eroni Mawi, Leeroy Atalifo, Albert Tuisue, Kitione Kamikamica, Moses Sorovi, Teti Tela, Manasa Mataele

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