All Blacks v Argentina: Coach Ian Foster rings changes for Tri Nations rematch against Pumas

Akira Ioane has been named to start at blindside flanker in the All Blacks' final test of the year against Argentina in Newcastle on Saturday night. 

The All Blacks are looking to bounce back from their shock 25-15 loss to the Pumas a fortnight ago, and coach Ian Foster has made a handful of changes to his starting side. 

Prop Nepo Laulala comes into the starting front row, with Tyrel Lomax moving onto the bench alongside Karl Tu'inukuafe, while Scott Barrett starts at lock with Patrick Tuipulotu moving to the bench. 

The backline is unchanged. 

In the reserves, TJ Perenara returns, while outside back Will Jordan gets another opportunity, coming in for Damian McKenzie. 

"We've had a great week building into what will be a vital test for us," says Foster. 

"It's exciting in the sense that we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves after our last game, and we also have the opportunity to win the Tri Nations.

"There's a real determination in the team to perform well, not only for ourselves, but also our families and friends at home and our country."

Foster also paid tribute to prop Joe Moody, who will play his 50th test for the All Blacks. 

"He's a key part of our group; he's rock solid and goes about his work in a really good way," says Foster. "He's a popular member of the team and it's a great achievement for him."

All Blacks v Argentina: Coach Ian Foster rings changes for Tri Nations rematch against Pumas

Meanwhile, Argentina have completely overhauled their team, retaining only five players that started last week's draw against Australia.

Nicolás Sánchez, who has scored all of Argentina’s 40 points in their first two matches, remains at first-five with inspirational captain Pablo Matera and Marcos Kremer retained in the back row while Guido Petti at lock and hooker Julian Montoya retain their places in the starting XV. 

All Blacks: 1-Joe Moody , 2-Dane Coles, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Scott Barrett, 5-Samuel Whitelock, 6-Akira Ioane , 7-Sam Cane (c), 8-Ardie Savea, 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Caleb Clarke , 12-Jack Goodhue, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 14-Jordie Barrett, 15-Beauden Barrett 

Reserves: 16- Codie Taylor, 17-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18-Tyrel Lomax, 19-Patrick Tuipulotu, 20-Hoskins Sotutu, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Rieko Ioane, 23-Will Jordan

Argentina: 1-Mayco Vivas,, 2-Julian Montoya, 3-Santiago Medrano, 4-Guido Petti, 5-Lucas Paulos, 6-Pablo Matera (c), 7-Marcos Kremer, 8-Isa Facundo, 9-Felipe Ezcurra, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 11-Santiago Cordero, 12-Jerónimo De La Fuente, 13- Juan Cruz Mallia, 14- Ramiro Moyano, 15-Emiliano Boffelli

Reserves: 16-Santiago Socino, 17-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18-Luca Sordoni, 19-Matias Alemanno, 20-Santiago Grondona, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Santiago Carreras, 23-Lucas Mensa

Join us on November 28 for live updates of the All Blacks v Argentina Tri Nations clash.