All Blacks rookie

Sevu Reece surprised with Bledisloe Cup start

Reece comes into the team for his second test at the expense of veteran Ben Smith who was left out of the matchday 23 after a below-par performance during last week's 47-26 defeat to Australia in Perth. 

The must-win Bledisloe Cup rematch will be Reece's last chance to show coach Steve Hansen why he deserves to be on the plane to Japan as part of the All Blacks' 31-man World Cup squad which is named on August 28. 

But Reece's mind is solely focused on helping the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park on Saturday.