All Blacks big guns return for Fiji Test rematch

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All Blacks aces Ardie Savea and Anton Lienert-Brown volition marque their archetypal Test appearances of 2021 successful Saturday's rematch with Fiji successful Hamilton.

Loose guardant Savea and centre Lienert-Brown person been recovering from genu and elbow injuries respectively and volition boost a broadside that struggled for much of the archetypal Test against Fiji earlier kicking distant precocious to triumph 57-23.

It volition besides beryllium the 50th Test lucifer for some players.

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Anton Lienert-Brown, Ardie Savea and Richie Mo'unga of the All Blacks. (Getty)

"To play 50 games for the All Blacks is beauteous peculiar and it's besides peculiar that they get to bash it together," All Blacks manager Ian Foster said.

"Both are truly influential players, they're excited and volition person immoderate arrogant families coming on to watch."

Pressure is gathering connected Foster who has had an underwhelming commencement to his tenure and is disconnected declaration astatine the extremity of the year.

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Anton Lienert-Brown, Ian Foster and Ardie Savea successful the New Zealand dressing room. (Getty)

He has signalled that Richie Mo'unga remains his archetypal prime five-eighth aft recalling the Crusaders prima successful spot of past week's No.10 Beauden Barrett, who drops to the bench.

Other absorbing selections are David Havili starting up of Rieko Ioane successful midfield, Scott Barrett edging Brodie Retallick astatine lock, Damian McKenzie picked up of Jordie Barrett astatine fullback and Luke Jacobson and Akira Ioane getting the motion successful a highly competitory escaped guardant mix.

"It was the 2nd Test of the twelvemonth for america past play and we were beauteous blessed with our performance," Foster said.

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David Havili of the All Blacks scores a try. (Getty)

"There were a batch of views astir our show and that's the quality of being successful this team: radical expect perfection.

"We took immoderate truly bully steps up from the week earlier (against Tonga) and we were satisfied with our performance, but it did item immoderate areas we request to support growing.

"This Steinlager Series run has been astir increasing our crippled and making definite we person players that are acceptable to spell for what volition beryllium a agelong season."

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Sevu Reece, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith, Luke Jacobson, Ardie Savea, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ethan de Groot, Angus Ta'avao, Brodie Retallick, Shannon Frizell, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane

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