Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks hint at wholesale changes for final Bledisloe test

With the Bledisloe Cup locked away for another year the All Blacks are planning to give some new faces a run this weekend.

Assistant coach John Plumtree has confirmed there'll be a shake up in the game day squad for the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane on Saturday.

Plumtree says they want to reward players who impressed during Super Rugby a chance to shine on the international stage, as they turn their attention to securing the Tri-Nations.

"Obviously this week there are going to be some changes," Plumtree says.

"That will provide a different excitement and energy within the group in this buildup.

"We've got some players knocking on the door... there's been some awesome competition for spots and we can expect some changes to freshen players up."

With a wealth of players at their disposal, Plumtree says it make sense for them to take advantage of those numbers and use the opportunity to give some of their prospects a 'test' drive.

"The Bledisloe Cup was obviously the priority and now our mindset has shifted to winning this second trophy," he says.

"But we're on tour and we've got a big group of players and everyone is keen to impress and some guys in the weekend are going to get that opportunity.

"We selectors want to see some of the players who performed really well in Super Rugby Aotearoa, who have this opportunity to play in the jersey and in an arena like Brisbane."

Likely to be near the top of that list are Crusaders standouts Will Jordan, Mitchell Dunshea, and Cullen Grace. 

Halfback Brad Weber and hooker Asafo Aumua are also yet to see any gametime, nor have late additions Du'Plessis Kirifi and George Bower.

Prop Joe Moody is likely to be the only player unavailable for selection, as he continues concussion protocols.

Join us at 9:45pm Saturday for live updates of the fourth Bledisloe Cup test between the All Blacks and Wallabies