New Zealand make seven changes for Scotland clash

Beauden Barrett will start at fly-half for New Zealand
Beauden Barrett will start at fly-half for New Zealand

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster has ring the changes for the upcoming clash against Scotland to be played at Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday.

Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith are dropped out of the matchday 23 squad with Beauden Barrett starting at fly-half forming halfback partnership with Finlay Christie.

With David Havili returning to inside centre, Jordie Barrett returns back to fullback with Reiko Ioane dropping to the bench to accommodate Anton Lienert-Brown.

Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock continue to retain their second row positions while Akira Ioane comes in for Shannon Frizell in the back row.

Meanwhile, Mark Telea is set to make his debut for the All Blacks after replacing Sevu Reece at right wing with the final changes coming in Nepo Laulala taking over as tighthead prop and Samisoni Taukei'aho replaces Codie Taylor as hooker.

"We've selected a team that excites us this week," said Foster as he announced his side in Edinburgh on Friday.

"In many ways this Test is crucial for our tour as a whole and it's a chance to show how we're building as a group."

New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papali’i, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock (c), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot

Reserves: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 Rieko Ioane