WELLINGTON - The All Blacks have sprung a major surprise by thrusting Tom Taylor into a debut start at five-eighth for the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington.
Crusaders utility Taylor will continue a proud family tradition when he takes the playmaker role against Australia tomorrow, named ahead of 10-Test veteran Colin Slade.
There are two starting changes from the New Zealand side who won the first Test 47-29 in Sydney last Saturday and five differences on the reserve bench.
As expected, Brodie Retallick starts lock in place of the injured Luke Romano. Jeremy Thrush comes onto the bench, where he will sit alongside Slade.
Two veteran forwards will raise milestones.
Prop Tony Woodcock plays his 100th Test while captain Richie McCaw's 31st appearance against the Wallabies is a world record for the most Tests by one player against a country.
However, it is the promotion of 24-year-old Taylor that will raise most eyebrows, benefiting from injuries picked up by Aaron Cruden and reserve pivot Beauden Barrett in Sydney.