Ben Smith

Ben Smith moves to right wing

Smith, who has started at fullback all season, replaces Waisake Naholo in the number 14 jersey, with his fellow All Black being rested.

Smith is replaced at fullback by utility Fletcher Smith.

Tyrel Lomax will start at tighthead prop with regular tighthead, Siate Tokolahi, having been ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.

Aaron Smith returns to the starting lineup.

Liam Coltman replaces Ash Dixon at hooker and Elliott Dixon starts on the blindside.

Ben Smith: Bledisloe 'massive'

The fact Ben Smith still wants to play test rugby when his sabbatical expires might have had something to do with his reluctance to comment on Steve Hansen's acting career.

All Blacks coach Hansen is set to star in an advertisement for biscuits, where he appears dressed in leathers and riding a two-wheeled machine, evoking some mirth among his players.

Ben Smith's future undecided

Smith hasn't played since leaving the field during the first test between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions last month.

The 31-year-old was thought to have suffered a third concussion this year, only for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to reveal on Thursday it wasn't concussion, but rather an inner-ear problem hindering the Otago product.

Smith won't feature in the series deciding test against the Lions on Saturday night, but the All Blacks vice-captain is in Auckland helping the team prepare for the fixture. 

Concussion expert concerned for Ben Smith

Smith suffered his third concussion since February - and sixth in the past five years -  during the All Blacks' 30-15 win against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday night. 

Fulcher, an Auckland-based sport and exercise physician for Axis Sports Medicine Specialists, said the frequency of Smith's injuries were "concerning", and he would discuss retirement or a break from the game if he were to sit down with the 31-year-old.