Barrett brothers named to start for final Bledisloe clash

All Blacks secure the Bledisloe Cup for another year with a dominant display at Eden Park in Bledisloe Two

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has swung the changes to New Zealand's Bledisloe Cup-winning side, starting three Barrett brothers for the third trans-Tasman Test on Sunday.

Lock Scott Barrett replaces Samuel Whitelock in the only change to the All Blacks forward line for the Perth match.

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It's all change among the backs, with Jordie Barrett at fullback and Beauden Barrett as the starting No.10.

Only Ardie Savea, captaining the All Blacks in Whitelock's absence, David Havili and Will Jordan will start in the same backline roles from the second Bledisloe Cup Test.

"We are ready, and the team is really determined to finish off this block of Tests against Australia with a top performance.," coach Ian Foster said in a statement.

"We’ve had a really unique situation going into this Test, with quarantine back in New Zealand and a ‘soft’ quarantine here in Perth, but the work that has gone in preparing the players has been outstanding, so when the whistle goes on Sunday, we’ll be ready.

“In the forwards, we have picked a group that is most recently battle-hardened. A lot of them played in the first two Bledisloe Cup Tests, so it’s right to go with them in this Fortinet Rugby Championship Test.”


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In addition to the Barretts, Brad Weber and Anton Lienert-Brown have squeezed into the line-up as part of five changes to the All Blacks side.

“Brad has been with us through the Steinlager Series and coming into the Rugby Championship, we really wanted to build the nine combination, especially with Aaron not here and to complement TJ’s leadership and experience, so this is a great opportunity to put our faith in Brad to start the Test," Foster added.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe for the 19th straight year last month with a pair of victories at Auckland's Eden Park.

Sunday's Test at Perth's Optus Stadium will count as part of the Rugby Championship, which will then conclude in Queensland.

New Zealand (15-1): Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Brad Webber; Ardie Savea (capt), Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane; Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick; Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, George Bower

Replacements: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Angus Ta'avao, Tupou Vaa'i, Ethan Blackadder, TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie, George Bridge

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