Nonu replaces injured Smith for All Blacks
Centre Ma'a Nonu will partner Sonny Bill Williams in the centres.
LONDON - Centre Ma'a Nonu replaces the injured Conrad Smith in New Zealand's team to play Australia in the opening Rugby Championship test in Sydney on Saturday, the New Zealand Rugby Union said on Thursday.
Nonu will partner Sonny Bill Williams in the centres, outside scrumhalf Aaron Smith and fit-again flyhalf Dan Carter.
Lock Luke Romano plays his second test alongside Sam Whitelock with Kieran Reed at number eight and captain Richie McCaw and Liam Messam the two flankers.
"Saturday's Bledisloe Cup contest brings two challenges," New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said.
"The first is our opponents who we clearly respect. But just as important is the second challenge, which is about us being better than we were before.
"The expectation this All Blacks team has is that it will strive to achieve these goals, both individually and collectively as a team."