All Blacks

The rise of Dalton Papalii

He has been named to play openside flanker for the All Blacks in their test against Japan on Saturday - one of two new players, along with Wellington captain Matt Proctor, to start the test and with a further six making their debut off the bench.

He was also the only uncapped player named by coach Steve Hansen among the 32 players for the All Blacks' northern tour; a further 19 players are part of an expanded team to take on Japan.

Eight players set to debut against Japan

The match will also see the return of 56-test veteran hooker Dane Coles, who has spent almost a year out after injuring his knee ligaments last November.

Many of the first-choice players are heading to London tonight to prepare for their blockbuster test against England at Twickenham, while the rest of the squad remains in Japan.

Coach Steve Hansen has named newcomers loose forward Dalton Papalii and mid-fielder Matt Proctor to start the game, with six players set to debut off the bench.

Coles 'fizzing' to be back in black

The All Blacks name their team to play Japan in Tokyo this afternoon and it will largely be made up of rookies, with most of the first-choice players heading to London to prepare for their blockbuster test against England at Twickenham.

For Coles though it will mark the end of a comeback he thought he may never complete.

Beauden Barrett and Brodie Rettalick touchdowns up for try of the year

The All Blacks tries began with turnovers deep in their team's own half with Retallick and Barrett the finishers, with the others scored by Ireland number eight CJ Stander and Scotland's New Zealand born winger Sean Maitland.

Barrett, the 2016 and 2017 World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year, is bidding to become the first player to win the Try of the Year award twice after receiving it in 2013 for his try against France.

All Blacks complete Bledisloe Cup clean sweep

The Wallabies have fallen 37-20 to the All Blacks in Yokohama despite a vastly improved performance from their first two Bledisloe showings of the year.

The first half in Sydney, Auckland and on Saturday, Yokohama, all had a similar feel to them.

The Wallabies were able to slow the game down and defended quite well, tries to Liam Squire and Kieran Read coming at the end of five minute patches in which the All Blacks did not leave the Australian 22.

The attack looked dangerous and was caused genuine headaches for the world champions.

Wallabies vs New Zealand, Yokohama

Australia has already lost the series for a 16th-straight year but the Wallabies have a chance to salvage some pride and win back some fans with a good showing in Japan.

Jack Dempsey, Sefa Naivalu and Samu Kerevi will all be returning from long injury layoffs for the clash after Reece Hodge's fractured ankle ruled him out of the tour.

Adam Coleman is a big name missing in the pack after suffering a groin injury this week, replaced by Rob Simmons in the starting lineup.

'I'm sick of losing to the All Blacks' - Will Genia

In 24 trans-Tasman encounters, Genia has only finished a winner three times and the 30-year-old admits he's fed up with losing to the 2011 and 2015 world champions.

In an interview in Tokyo ahead of the Australia and All Blacks clash, Genia laid bare the despair of a decade of Bledisloe Cup beatings as he eyes one last crack at the All Blacks before next year's Rugby World Cup.

"You get sick and tired of losing to them, but you also love playing them," Genia said, insisting the repeated poundings had left no psychological scarring.

Wallabies have got their belief back: Barrett

But Barrett pointed to Australia's stunning recent fightback against Argentina -- when they wiped out a 24-point half-time deficit to win 45-34 -- as evidence the Wallabies have turned the corner after losing six of their eight previous Tests.

"We always get a confident Australia, there's no doubt about that," the two-time world player of the year told reporters.

"They've probably rediscovered that bit of belief that may have been missing. It was a great comeback, we acknowledge that -- be we weren't surprised to see them come back.

Sean Fitzpatrick says England can stop the All Blacks

That is the view of former New Zealand captain Sean Fitzpatrick, who says that while England can be one of the main threats at next year's showpiece event in Japan, it depends how they fare against South Africa, the All Blacks, Japan and Australia next month.

England coach Eddie Jones is due to announce his squad for the Twickenham tests tomorrow but his plans have been hit by a string of injuries to key players like forwards Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury.

Asafo Aumua ready to claim second chance with All Blacks

On Monday, Aumua was recalled to the All Blacks squad to play Japan next month, after one of the most challenging periods of his professional career.

"It's been a tough year," Aumua told Newshub.

"I'm pretty shocked, I didn't really think I'd be in there again."

Twelve months ago, Aumua demanded a national call up with some stunning form for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup, which made him impossible to ignore.

But he's endured a testing time since, and he accepts it was mostly his own doing.