Three superstars have decided to take maternity leave. The All Black selectors have dipped into the deep pool of talent to replace them.
Lock Sam Whitelock has being been placed by Scott Barrett who has played 43 tests, Colin Meads probably the greatest ever second rower only played 55 test matches.
Brad Weber (10) has been selected at half back ahead of TJ Perenara who has played 70 tests.
Beauden Barrett (93) has been selected no 10.
Other than that, the All Black selectors will be able to ring changes from the bench in the second half.
After the two games at Eden Park, it is hard to imagine how the Wallabies will beat the All Blacks. But if they do, everybody will hail it as a turning point in the history of rugby between the two countries. It won’t be.
Australian rugby needs to undergo a fundamental and deep-seated systemic change. Otherwise it will remain the second citizen in international rugby,