Liam Messam has been ruled out of Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney with a hamstring injury.
Steven Luatua will make his first Test start after Messam injured his hamstring during training in Wellington today.
Coach Steve Hansen says Messam injured himself chasing a kick, and will be sidelined for a few weeks.
He says it’s disappointing for Messam, who has been in good form and had established himself at number six for the All Blacks, but it’s a good opportunity for Luatua.
It will be Luatua’s second appearance after a cameo against France in New Plymouth in June.