WELLINGTON - Midfield back Francis Saili will make his debut in an otherwise Test-hardened All Blacks side named to face Argentina in Hamilton tomorrow.
Saili replaces Ma'a Nonu at inside centre in one of three injury-enforced changes from the starting side who beat Australia 27-16 in Wellington two weeks ago.
Five-eighth Dan Carter returns from injury to play Test No.96 in place of Tom Taylor while tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina replaces Owen Franks.
After retaining the Bledisloe Cup, New Zealand now set their sights on defending their Rugby Championship title and, if selection is any guide, they aren't taking the Pumas lightly.
Coach Steve Hansen has named a starting side that boasts 663 Test caps, including 118 for captain Richie McCaw, who is poised to equal former Wallabies half George Gregan's record for the most Rugby Championship/Tri Nations appearances, with 48.
It makes 22-year-old Saili's inexperience stand out, having earned a long-awaited callup in place of veteran Nonu, who has played on a painful ankle in recent Tests.
All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Francis Saili, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Charlie Faumuina, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau