Wallabies' Kiwis-born protagonists not so intimidated by Eden Park hoodoo

  • Wallabies' Kiwis-born protagonists not so intimidated by Eden Park hoodoo

Wallabies' Kiwis-born protagonists not so intimidated by Eden Park hoodoo

He comes into the XV in place of Folau Fainga'a, who's been held accountable for the Wallabies' poor lineout effort in the drawn first Test at Wellington.

There were four changes in Australia's lineup, with backrower Ned Hanigan recalled for his first test in two years.

Rennie has also been boosted by the return to fitness of rising Reds star Jordan Petaia, who gets a spot on the bench alongside club teammate Liam Wright.

Wright's inclusion on the reserves bench comes at the expense of Rob Valetini.

Hodgman is one of several changes in the matchday 23 forwards, with hooker Dane Coles starting and Codie Taylor on the bench.

The All Blacks replacements also include the 36-Test Scott Barrett, who has been sidelined by a foot injury for the past three months.

Barrett replaces Damian McKenzie while Rieko Ioane, another ball spilling villain from Wellington, is demoted to the bench with Anton Lienert-Brown taking his place at outside centre.

The changes seem to go little way toward remedying the weaknesses apparent in the All Blacks' game in Wellington.

The All Blacks and Australia will be playing their 168th test against each other.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said: "Our preparation this week has been really good". "So there has been plenty for us to work on".

"We need to be smarter with our ball and more focussed defensively".

"It's the last Test at home for us so there will also be massive excitement amongst our fans".

Dave Rennie, the Kiwi coach who took over the Wallabies this year, has no fears about the venue even though the Australians have lost 16 times in a row to New Zealand in Auckland dating back to 1986.

"Definitely there's the hype of Eden Park - The Fortress - but the mindset for us is it's just another field, just another game, just another place we're going to play", Paenga-Amosa said.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (captain), Shannon Frizell, Tupou Vaa'i, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

Brandon Paenga-Amosa will win his fifth cap in the middle of the front row, while Ned Hanigan has been named to start at blindside flanker, shifting Harry Wilson to No 8.