Dalton Papalii returns to New Zealand line up for second Test against Ireland

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster has made a forced change to the starting line up for the second Test against Ireland to be played in Dunedin on Saturday.

With Sam Whitelock ruled out after suffering delayed symptoms of concussion during the opening Test at Eden Park, Scott Barrett shifts to second row joining Brodie Retallick.

Barrett's place at blindside is taken by Dalton Papalii while Will Jordan returns to the bench after missing the opening game due to Covid-19.

Scrum-half Folau Fakatava and prop Aidan Ross could make their All Blacks debut when they come off the bench. Patrick Tuipulotu, who was recently recalled following a stint in Japan after Tupou Vai’i was ruled out due to positive Covid-19 has also been drafted among the replacements.

"While I was delighted at how we performed and the leadership shown in the first Test match, we will need to really lift and improve in some key areas," said Foster.

"We know the Irish will throw everything at us this week to keep the series alive.

"We've again had challenges this week, but we feel this team has laid a foundation to build on and is desperate to improve against a very determined Irish side."

New Zealand line up: 15. Jordie Barrett; 14. Sevu Reece, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. Quinn Tupeaa, 11. Leicester Fainga'anuku; 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith; 8. Ardie Savea, 7. Sam Cane (capt), 6. Dalton Papalii; 5. Scott Barrett, 4. Brodie Retallick; 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. George Bower.

Reserves: Samisoni Taukeiaho, Aidan Ross, Angus Ta'avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Pita Gus Sowakula, Folau Fakatava, Richie Mo'unga, Will Jordan.