AUCKLAND — Hooker Keven Mealamu will mark his 100th Test for the All Blacks by running on in the starting line-up against Australia in the year's final Bledisloe Cup rugby match.
He will become the third New Zealander to reach a century of caps when he takes the field in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Skipper Richie McCaw and fullback Mils Muliaina achieved the milestone during last year's World Cup.
Tokoroa-born Mealamu, 33, made his Test debut against Wales in Cardiff 10 years ago and has gone on to captain the All Blacks three times.
Coach Steve Hansen described the Blues skipper as a hugely respected person, not only in New Zealand rugby, but also in the wider community.
"He is a key leader in the team and one of the true gentlemen of New Zealand rugby," Hansen said.
"I know his family are extremely proud of him and so is his All Blacks family."
Mealamu's inclusion, with Andrew Hore going to the bench, is one of two changes from 15 that began the 32-16 win over South Africa in the final round of the Rugby Championship.