Vaea Fifita returns to All Blacks team for Argentina Test

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has nominated flanker Matt Todd as one of his favourite players

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has nominated flanker Matt Todd as one of his favourite players

The All Blacks, who are on 19 points after four successive victories, can wrap up the Rugby Championship title with a win in Buenos Aires.

Assistant coach Ian Foster said Saturday's Test in Buenos Aires was "a massive opportunity" to expand the All Blacks' options ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The Crusaders David Havili is set to make his test debut having been named in the reserves with Damian McKenzie again named at fullback.

Nehe Milner-Skudder has been left out of the 23 entirely with Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo returning from injury to take his place on the wing.

The other changes include Luke Romano and Scott Barrett in the second row and Patrick Tuipulotu on the bench, while senior locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are rested.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Kane Hames, 2 Dane Coles, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Luke Romano, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Vaea Fifita, 7 Matt Todd, 8 Kieran Read (c).

While Hansen has tinkered with the side that beat the Springboks 57-0, there's no recall for regular blindside flanker Jerome Kaino, who has not played for the team since the final test against the British and Irish Lions in early July.

"We've selected what we believe is a quality team and have high expectations that they'll go out and put in a strong performance this weekend", said Hansen.

"We're under no illusion about what we'll be facing this weekend".

The 34-year-old dual World Cup victor played all three tests against the Lions but flew home to New Zealand shortly before the Rugby Championship opener against the Wallabies in Sydney in August. "Our job will be to start well and to put in a performance for the full 80 minutes".

The Pumas have never beaten the All Blacks in 25 Test matches.

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