Ollie Ritchie: All Blacks selection dilemma facing coach Ian Foster for Bledisloe II

OPINION: How much do you ring in the changes after a performance like that?

How much do you say 'fair dinkum' to the Wallabies, they got up for it, but we trust our process and our players?

This is shaping as a vitally important week for new All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

Unable to shake the tag that he was the wrong man for the job since his appointment last December, he had to wait 10 months to prove the New Zealand rugby public wrong, only to have it end in a draw.

Over an enthralling 89 minute encounter, if we're honest, the All Blacks were simply outplayed.

The side returns to what Foster calls their home ground - Eden Park (sorry, Coopers Catch Park) - where they haven't lost at since 1994 and where the Wallabies haven't won since 1986. 

Blow it here and Foster's flight out of the country to Australia for the Rugby Championship won't come soon enough.

So how could the All Blacks line up for Bledisloe II? Here's my pick:

1-Joe Moody

2-Codie Taylor

3-Ofa Tu'ungafasi

Ofa Tuungafasi in action for the All Blacks
Ofa Tuungafasi in action for the All Blacks. Photo credit: Photosport

4-Sam Whitelock

5-Patrick Tuipulotu

6-Shannon Frizell

7-Sam Cane (c)

8.-Ardie Savea

9-Aaron Smith

10-Richie Mo'unga

11-Caleb Clarke

12-Anton Lienert-Brown

Anton Lienert-Brown, Ardie Savea & Richie Mo'unga sing the national anthem
Anton Lienert-Brown, Ardie Savea & Richie Mo'unga sing the national anthem. Photo credit: Photosport

13-Jack Goodhue

14-Jordie Barrett

15-Beauden Barrett

16-Dane Coles

17-Karl Tu'inukuafe

18-Nepo Laulala

19-Tupou Vaa'i

20-Hoskins Sotutu

21-TJ Perenara

Rieko Ioane spills a try opportunity against Australia
Rieko Ioane spills a try opportunity against Australia. Photo credit: Photosport

22-Rieko Ioane

23-George Bridge

I don't see Foster opting for any changes in the forward pack this week. The set-piece and breakdown were both standout areas for the All Blacks in Wellington, and they'll need to dominate there again in Auckland.

But the backs need some work. 

First things first, Caleb Clarke must start. We've known all year what a force he is with ball in hand and he's shown he is more than capable of having that same impact at international level.

Almost every time Clarke touched the ball in Wellington, he beat the first defender, which will create more opportunities for the All Blacks to recycle quick ball and expose the Australian defence.

This is a tough selection, because George Bridge had a really good second half, but the All Blacks will want to utilise Clarke's raw power from the get-go, so Bridge may have to settle for 20 minutes off the bench. 

And now, Rieko Ioane.

Ah yes, Rieko Ioane. Now, let's be clear, Ioane is not moving to the bench because of his butchered try on the stroke of half-time.

No-one will feel worse about that than him, but Ioane was also badly found out on defence. His misread led to Marika Koroibete's try in the corner and the midfield requires some stability, so the tried-and-true Anton Lienert-Brown moves back to partner Jack Goodhue. 

Lastly, Beauden Barrett moves back to 15, with Jordie retained on the right wing.

Beauden Barrett at All Blacks training
Beauden Barrett at All Blacks training. Photo credit: Photosport

Do I think this is the right call? Absolutely not.

Jordie is the form fullback in the country, as admitted by Foster several times during the week.

But with his initial selection of Beauden at fullback to play dual playmaker alongside Richie Mo'unga, Foster has made it clear that he wants to persist with that combination.

Given Beauden was a late scratching in Wellington, Foster will see Eden Park as the ideal occasion to roll it out. 

Ollie Ritchie is Newshub's rugby editor. Join us from 4pm Sunday for live updates of the second All Blacks v Wallabies Bledisloe Cup clash