The All Blacks have named their side to face France in the opening Test of the Steinlager Series at Eden Park, Auckland, at 8.35am on Saturday 9th June, with the game live on Sky Sports Action.
The Barrett brothers, Scott, Beauden and Jordie, will make All Blacks history as the first trio of All Blacks brothers to make an All Blacks Test starting XV together.
25-year-old loosehead prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will make his debut off the bench in the 59th International between the sides, with a rivalry dating back to 1906.
The All Blacks are strengthened by the return of Owen Franks and Joe Moody to the front row, playing alongside Codie Taylor at hooker.
Sam Whitelock will captain the Test side for the second time in his 97th International, and is in the second row alongside Scott Barrett. Liam Squire is at blindside flanker, with Sam Cane at openside and Luke Whitelock at number eight.
In the backs, the inside pairing of Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett will start, with Ryan Crotty at 12 and Anton Lienert-Brown at centre. In the back three, Rieko Ioane is on the left wing, Ben Smith on the right and Jordie Barrett starts at fullback.
All Blacks Team:
15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Rieko Ioane Rieko Ioane, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smit
- Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Sam Whitelock (captain), 5. Scott Barrett, 6. Liam Squire, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Luke Whitelock
16.Nathan Harris, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Vaea Fifita, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. Ngani Laumape.
The sides have played 58 times, with the All Blacks winning 45 times and the French 12. The most recent Test match was a 38-18 win for the All Blacks in Paris on last year’s Vista Northern Tour. France have visited New Zealand 12 times (excluding Rugby World Cups), with the last tour in 2013.