Ben Smith All Blacks move Savea to blindside for Bledisloe Cup

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Ardie Savea will start a test for the first time on the blindside flank while Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown will combine in midfield in the All Blacks team which meets Australia in the first of two Bledisloe Cup rugby tests on Saturday.

Out-of-form captain Kieran Read has held his place at No. 8, meaning Savea — New Zealand’s best loose forward at present — has to take on an unaccustomed role to be accommodated in the All Blacks starting lineup.

It is also the final Rugby Championship match for each team.

The selectors have continued shuffling of midfield roles in naming Lienert-Brown at inside center and Goodhue at outside center with specialist inside center Ngani Laumape on the bench.

Dane Coles returns to the starting lineup at hooker, displacing Codie Taylor who drops to the bench. Co

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