Blues captain Keven Mealamu will play his 100th Test match for the All Blacks when he runs out to face Australia at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday night.
Mealamu, who has captained the All Blacks in three Tests, is just the third All Black to reach the distinguished milestone, following captain Richie McCaw and fullback Mils Muliaina who played their 100th Tests during last year's Rugby World Cup.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "On behalf of the All Blacks players and management, I want to congratulate Keven on reaching this very special milestone. 'Kevvy' is a hugely respected man, not only in the All Blacks and New Zealand rugby but also in his wider community; he is a key leader in the team and one of the true gentlemen of New Zealand rugby. I know his family are extremely proud of him and so is his All Blacks family."
As well as Mealamu, the starting XV features just one other change from that which started the last Test of the Investec Rugby Championship against South Africa 12 days ago, with Blues prop Charlie Faumuina getting his first Test start, coming in for Owen Franks who moves to the bench.
The team is as follows: (with Test caps in brackets)
1. Tony Woodcock (91)
2. Keven Mealamu (99)
3. Charlie Faumuina (3)
4. Brodie Retallick (9)
5. Samuel Whitelock (34)
6. Liam Messam (16)
7. Richie McCaw - captain (112)
8. Kieran Read (44)
9. Aaron Smith (9)
10. Daniel Carter (91)
11. Hosea Gear (12)
12. Ma'a Nonu (72)
13. Conrad Smith (62)
14. Cory Jane (37)
15. Israel Dagg (21)
16. Andrew Hore (71)
17. Owen Franks (40)
18. Luke Romano (7)
19. Victor Vito (16)
20. Piri Weepu (65)
21. Aaron Cruden (17)
22. Ben Smith (8)
Commenting on the upcoming Test, Hansen added: "Playing Australia in Brisbane represents another great challenge for the team and one which we are looking forward to. We have prepared well so far for the Test and, as always, the challenge for the team is not only the opposition, but also meeting our own expectations when it comes to the standard of our performance. Australia sees Suncorp Stadium as their fortress which only enhances the challenge from our point of view."
Keven Mealamu - biography
Keven Filipo Mealamu was born in the Waikato town of Tokoroa in 1979 and after playing for New Zealand schoolboy sides, made his provincial debut in 1999, his Super Rugby debut in 2000 and All Blacks debut against Wales in 2002. He has captained the All Blacks three times - against Scotland in 2008, in South Africa last year and against Japan at RWC2011. He has scored 12 tries in the All Blacks jersey and played all the major rugby-playing nations in his career, including 15 Tests each against Australia and South Africa and has been on the winning Test side on 85 occasions for an 85.9 percent winning record. Mealamu made his 93rd Test match start as a hooker and achieved his 80th victory in the first Test against Australia this year - setting new records by a hooker in international rugby. He is New Zealand's most capped Super Rugby player with 143 appearances and also the Blues most capped player with 132 to date.
All Blacks vs Australia - interesting facts
The All Blacks have played Australia 145 times since 1903, with 99 wins to the All Blacks, 41 to Australia and five draws.
Daniel Carter scored 17 points in the 22-0 second Test victory over Australia in Auckland earlier this year to reach 304 points against Australia - he's the first player to record more than 300 points against an opponent.