Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks Ngani Laumape earns start for second test

Just over two weeks after missing out on the squad, Ngani Laumape is back starting for the All Blacks in Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup test against Australia.

Laumape will replace Ryan Crotty at second-five, with Anton Lienert-Brown once again being used as an impact player off the bench.

The Hurricanes wrecking ball was initially left out to work on his awareness and communications skills, but joined the squad as cover for Sonny Bill Williams' shoulder injury. 

Rieko Ioane's hamstring injury has forced a backline re-shuffle.

Waisake Naholo will be on the left wing, where he impressed during the first Bledisloe, after Ioane left the field. 

Jordie Barrett will start at fullback and Ben Smith has moved to the right wing.

Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks Ngani Laumape earns start for second test

Prop Owen Franks' selection for his 100th test means he's the ninth man in the All Blacks' test centurion club, seven days after Sam Whitelock earned his ton.

Franks is the low-key workhorse of this team, who pushes, lifts, tackles and occasionally grunts over the gain-line.

He's a mainstay, much like the other prop in the 100 club - Tony Woodcock. He does his job and makes little fuss.

With two centurions in the All Blacks tight five, it's easy to understand why the New Zealand pack is so dominant over the Wallabies, especially at set-piece. 

Franks probably won't want the limelight on Saturday, when he gets his silver cap, but he absolutely deserves it.

All Blacks squad to face the Wallabies

1-Joe Moody, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Owen Franks, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Liam Squire, 7-Sam Cane, 8-Kieran Read (c), 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Beauden Barrett, 11-Waisake Naholo, 12-Ngani Laumape, 13-Jack Goodhue, 14-Ben Smith, 15-Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16-Nathan Harris, 17-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18-Ofa Tuungafasi, 19-Scott Barrett, 20-Ardie Savea, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Damian McKenzie, 23-Anton Lienert-Brown


Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks Ngani Laumape earns start for second test