Rugby World Cup: Will Jordan returns for All Blacks, Richie Mo'unga named at No.10 for Springboks battle

Will Jordan will make his first All Blacks appearance of the year, after being named in coach Ian Foster's side to play South Africa on Saturday.

Jordan returns, after missing New Zealand's Rugby Championship opener against Argentina, as a precautionary measure to manage a migraine-related vestibular condition.

He replaces last week's impressive debutant, Emoni Narawa, on the right wing, with Mark Telea leapfrogging Blues teammate Caleb Clarke for the No.11 jersey.

Richie Mo'unga has also been named at first-five for the showdown at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart, with Damian McKenzie dropping out of the matchday squad together.

Beauden Barrett keeps his spot at fullback, with Clarke and Braydon Ennor providing bench cover for the outside backs.

Foster had hoped veteran lock Sam Whitelock would be available for selection, but he has erred on the side of caution, with Brodie Retallick named to partner Scott Barrett.

Hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho is in line for his first All Blacks appearance of the year, after being named on the bench, with uncapped Crusaders prop Tamaiti Williams joining him among the reserves.

"Any test against South Africa is a special occasion," Foster said. "There is a lot of respect between the two nations and that usually translates to an epic battle on the field.

"This will be a significant challenge and we are determined to grow, after a solid start to the Rugby Championship in Argentina last week. 

All Blacks celebrate a try against Argentina
All Blacks celebrate a try against Argentina. Photo credit: Getty Images

"It has been four years since we last played South Africa here in New Zealand, so that also makes it special."

All Blacks: 1-Ethan de Groot,  2-Codie Taylor, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Brodie Retallick,  5-Scott Barrett, 6-Shannon Frizell, 7-Sam Cane (captain), 8-Ardie Savea, 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Mark Telea, 12-Jordie Barrett, 13-Rieko Ioane, 14-Will Jordan, 15-Beauden Barrett.

Reserves: 16-Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17-Tamaiti Williams, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Tupou Vaa'i, 20-Dalton Papali'i, 21-Finlay Christie, 22-Braydon Ennor, 23-Caleb Clarke.

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