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Sopoaga named at flyhalf for All Blacks against Australia

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Lima Sopoaga will be in the All Blacks starting XV for the first time since his test debut, picked to replace injured pivot Beauden Barrett for Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia.

Sopoaga, who was included Thursday to start at No. 10 for only the second time in his 12-test career, is one of two changes to the New Zealand backline forced by injuries. Waisake Naholo returns on the right wing for his 14th test, replacing Nehe Milner-Skudder, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

Injury forced the Wallabies to make one change to their starting lineup, with veteran lock Rob Simmons returning in place of Izack Rodda, who has had surgery on a season-ending shoulder injury. Lukhan Tuii has been selected on the bench as second row cover.

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