Sonny Bill Williams starts for New Zealand against Australia
Bill Williams will start at centre in New Zealand’s Rugby Championship opener against Australia after completing a four-match ban.
Williams, 32, was sent off in the second Lions Test and successfully appealed against a decision not to include a warm-up game in his ban.
Ex-Wasps back Kurtley Beale, 28, will make his first appearance for Australia since the 2015 World Cup final.
Australia host holders New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday at 11:00 BST.
South Africa then face Argentina in Port Elizabeth at 16:00 BST.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made six changes to the side that drew the third Test against the British and Irish Lions in July.
Ryan Crotty partners Williams at centre, Damian McKenzie comes in at full-back, Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane are named on the wings, while Liam Squire replaces Jerome Kaino at blind- side flanker.
Williams has not played since he was red carded for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson during the Lions’ second Test victory over New Zealand on 1 July.
He was cleared to play against Australia after an independent appeal committee ruled a ‘game of three halves’ involving provincial sides and the All Blacks had sufficient meaning to be part of Williams’ suspension.