All Blacks captain returns... but not as skipper

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Sam Cane volition play his archetypal Test of the play erstwhile New Zealand faces the United States connected Sunday (6.30am AEDT), though it won't beryllium arsenic skipper of the All Blacks.

Lock Sam Whitelock volition pb New Zealand successful its archetypal lucifer successful the United States for 7 years portion Cane volition beryllium connected the seat arsenic helium makes his instrumentality from a superior injury.

The squad named by manager Ian Foster is composed mostly of players who missed oregon had small playing clip successful the caller Rugby Championship successful Australia.

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Rieko Ioane, Sam Whitelock and Codie Taylor of the All Blacks execute the haka astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

Whitelock chose to beryllium retired New Zealand's Championship matches successful Australia to beryllium with his wife, who precocious gave birth.

He volition pb the All Blacks successful each of the Tests connected their bluish circuit against the United States, Wales, Italy, Ireland and France arsenic Cane focuses connected his return.

Cane became New Zealand's regular skipper erstwhile Kieran Read retired aft the 2019 World Cup but missed the Rugby Championship and erstwhile Tests against Australia, Tonga and Fiji due to the fact that of a torn pectoral muscle.

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Sam Cane of the All Blacks walks disconnected the tract astatine McDonald Jones Stadium. (Getty)

He volition beryllium joined connected the seat by fastener Josh Lord who has been named to marque his debut arsenic a replacement.

Lord was called up aft Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu returned to New Zealand astatine the extremity of the Rugby Championship.

Hooker Dane Coles, who missed the Championship due to the fact that of a calf musculus injury, is besides named connected the bench.

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Dane Coles of the All Blacks looks on. (Getty)

Richie Mo'unga missed astir of the Australian limb of the Rugby Championship portion awaiting the commencement of his 2nd child, and volition commencement astatine flyhalf.

He joined the All Blacks successful Australia successful clip to beryllium connected the seat for the last lucifer against the Springboks.

Mo'unga volition harvester with Scotland-born scrumhalf Finlay Christie, who volition commencement a trial for the archetypal time.

Richie Mo'unga and Sevu Reece observe with the Bledisloe Cup. (Getty)

Braydon Ennor volition besides commencement for the archetypal clip astatine centre, arsenic volition Ethan de Groot astatine loosehead prop.

"Finlay has made the astir of his opportunities and helium conscionable keeps increasing his crippled and getting amended and amended and we're delighted astatine however he's going," Foster said.

"Braydon has had a twelvemonth disrupted by wounded but he's back.

Braydon Ennor of the Crusaders charges forward. (Getty)

"He's moving accelerated and we're again looking guardant to seeing however helium goes."

Foster has named a beardown attacking backmost 3 with Damian McKenzie astatine fullback and Will Jordan and George Bridge connected the wings.

Ennor volition harvester successful midfield with Quinn Tupaea.

Quinn Tupaea of the All Blacks is tackled. (Getty)

Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii and Hoskins Sotutu volition signifier a almighty backrow, apt to diagnostic Cane aboriginal successful the match.

The seat is peculiarly beardown with Cane, Coles, scrumhalf TJ Perenara, flyhalf Beauden Barrett and centre Anton Lienert-Brown.

The lucifer astatine FedExField - usually the location of the NFL's Washington Football Team - is the 5th authoritative Test betwixt New Zealand and the United States, the archetypal since their 2014 gathering successful Chicago.

"The accidental for america to play successful a caller metropolis and caller stadium is beauteous peculiar and the radical is truly excited and looking guardant to the occasion," Foster said.

"It's clip to get backmost into our groove aft our interruption successful Australia and with a fig of players having not played for a while. It's clip to get our crippled going again and we are acceptable to go."

Centre Bryce Campbell volition skipper an Eagles squad overmuch changed from the 1 which was beaten 34-15 by Uruguay successful a World Cup qualifying lucifer connected October 9.

Only 5 members of that starting XV remain.

Ireland-born flyhalf Luke Carty and scrumhalf Nate Augspurger, who started connected the seat against Uruguay, volition present harvester successful the starting lineup.

Three players are successful enactment for Test debuts.

Ryan James volition commencement connected the close helping successful his archetypal Test portion Chad Gough and Faka'osi Pifeleti apt volition marque their debuts from the bench.

Pifeleti is the younger member of established Eagles subordinate Kapeli Pifeleti.

South Africa-born manager Gary Gold expects a overmuch amended show from the Eagles than they produced again Ururguay.

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"Facing the No. 2 squad successful the satellite is an unthinkable situation for anyone and, arsenic we've said galore times, these are the precocious unit situations we privation to enactment ourselves in," Gold said.

"Matches similar these tin beryllium a existent trial of quality arsenic they unit divided 2nd decisions successful aggravated and hectic environments.

"This is an breathtaking accidental for america to exposure our younger players to the champion successful the satellite portion allowing our experienced guys to beryllium leaders and assistance usher the cohesion of the group."

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan, Braydon Ennor, Quinn Tupaea, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Finlay Christie, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papalii, Luke Jacobson, Tupou Vaa'i, Sam Whitelock (c), Angus Ta'avao, Asafo Aumua, Ethan de Groot.

Reserves: Dane Coles, George Bower, Tyrel Lomax, Josh Lord, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown

USA (15-1): Will Hooley, Ryan James, Tavite Lopeti, Bryce Campbell (c), Ryan Matyas, Luke Carty, Nate Augspurger, Cam Dolan, Hanco Germishuys, Benjamin Bonasso, Nick Civetta, Nate Brakeley, Paul Mullen, Dylan Fawsitt, Matt Harmon

Reserves: Chad Gough, Faka'osi Pifeleti, Dino Waldren, Siaosi Mahoni, Moni Tonga'uiha, Andrew Guerra, Michael Baska, Mike Dabulas

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