Retallick leads shuffled All Blacks against Pumas

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Lock Brodie Retallick will captain New Zealand for the first time in the absence of Ardie Savea when the All Blacks take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Australia’s Gold Coast on Sunday.

Loose forward Savea suffered a head knock in the 38-21 defeat of the Wallabies in Perth last weekend and is replaced at the back of the scrum by Luke Jacobson.

Coach Ian Foster made six changes to his starting side but fullback Jordie Barrett retained his place after successfully appealing against the red card he was shown against Australia.

Asafo Aumua starts at hooker in place of Codie Taylor, who also suffered a head knock against the Wallabies, while prop Joe Moody was named on the bench for his first runout of the year after recovering from foot surgery.

Scrum-half TJ Perenara was promoted from the bench to partner Beauden Barrett in the halves, while Sevu Reece and George Bridge will start on the wings in place of Will Jordan and Rieko Ioane.

“The key to selection this week has been about managing the player workload across the whole squad, which I think all teams will be doing in the championship,” Foster said in a news release.

“We want to ensure we have a fresh, excited squad ready to play a physical and passionate Argentinian team.”

Argentina’s Pumas got their first ever win against New Zealand last season in the annual southern hemisphere Test championship.

NEW ZEALAND: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii, Akira IoaneScott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Asafo Aumua, Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Joe Moody,-Tyrel LomaxTupou Vaa’i, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane

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