All Blacks name squad to face Pumas

The All Blacks will play Argentina in the Rugby Championship match on Saturday in Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.

FILE: All Blacks centre Conrad Smith. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The All Blacks have named its 23-man squad to face the Pumas in the Rugby Championship.

Lock Samuel Whitelock returns to the squad along with flanker Jerome Kaino.

Dane Coles has returned back home to witness the birth of his baby.

Keven Mealamu will start at hooker, while Nathan Harris is set to make a possible Test debut from the bench.

In defence, Malakai Fekitoa gets his third start coming in for the injured Ma'a Nonu, and Beauden Barrett gets his second start in the number 10 jersey.

STARTING:

  1. Wyatt Crockett (31)

  1. Keven Mealamu (117)

  1. Owen Franks (61)

  1. Brodie Retallick (31)

  1. Samuel Whitelock (57)

  1. Jerome Kaino (52)

  1. Richie McCaw (c) (131)

  1. Kieran Read (66)

  1. Aaron Smith (33)

  1. Beauden Barrett

  1. Julian Savea (26)

  1. Malakai Fekitoa (4)

  1. Conrad Smith (80)

  1. Ben Smith (33)

  1. Israel Dagg (41)

REPLACEMENTS:

  1. Nathan Harris *

  1. Joe Moody (3)

  1. Ben Franks (35)

  1. Jeremy Thrush (7)

  1. Sam Cane (18)

  1. TJ Perenara (7)

  1. Colin Slade (12)

  1. Cory Jane (51)