Dixon starts, Savea returns
Dunedin: There is reward, recognition, a reprieve and presumably no respite for Wales in the All Blacks team for the third and final test in Dunedin. Hurricanes wing Julian Savea has completed his penance for a poor performance in the series opener at Eden Park - he returns to the left wing for Waisake Naholo, a selection likely to irk the locals inside Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night. However, Highlanders supporters should be placated by the presence of debutants Elliot Dixon - on the blindside flank for Jerome Kaino and Liam Squire on the bench. Lima Sopoaga is also in the reserves of a 23-man squad that features 12 changes to the side that extended the All Blacks’ winning streak over Wales to 28 tests since 1953 in Wellington last weekend.
All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, George Moala, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Elliot Dixon, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Charlie Faumuina, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Luke Romano, Liam Squire, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Waisake Naholo. Stuff