Taylor starts for All Blacks against Scotland

New Zealand's Codie Taylor is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against South Africa in Durban... (Gallo Images)
New Zealand's Codie Taylor is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against South Africa in Durban... (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Codie Taylor is the only change to world champions New Zealand's starting XV to play Scotland on Saturday from the one that eased past France last weekend.

The 26-year-old hooker - who will win his 27th cap - comes in for the injured Dane Coles who went off in the 24th minute of the 38-18 triumph in Paris.

Nathan Harris takes Taylor's spot on the bench Liam Squire also joins the replacements.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said he was expecting a no-holds barred encounter against an attack-minded Scotland, who last Saturday won a thrilling Test with Samoa, 44-38.

The Scots have never beaten New Zealand in 30 previous encounters and two draws are the best they have mustered.

An All Blacks B team beat a French XV again, 28-23, on Tuesday in Lyon. Hansen said their performance should motivate the regular starters.

"This Test against Scotland will be an opportunity for this group of players to take on the challenge of raising the bar on the performance which was set down by their teammates on Tuesday," said Hansen.

"Scotland will be a formidable opponent who, from all indications, will be looking to play skilful rugby and an up-tempo game."

"Therefore, we'll need to meet this challenge head on and be prepared to empty the tank and exert our own pressure upon them through both our physicality, our own tempo in the game and executing our skills at the highest level."

Teams

Scotland

15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Darryl Marfo

Substitutes: 16 George Turner, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Byron McGuiga

New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Kane Hames

Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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