Naholo makes All Blacks return

Naholo makes All Blacks return

Waisake Naholo has been included in New Zealand's starting XV for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Durban.

The Fijian-born winger has been sidelined for the last six weeks because of a hamstring complaint, but has now been handed a recall as one of four changes from the side that defeated Argentina 36-17 in Buenos Aires last weekend.

The 25-year-old, who has seen his international career hampered by injury since breaking his leg during his Test debut in July last year, will replace Julian Savea on the left wing for Saturday's match, in what is the only change to the All Blacks backline.

The other three alterations come in the forward pack where Jerome Kaino returns at No 6 in place of Liam Squire, while Matt Todd has been included at openside flank instead of Ardie Savea and lock Sam Whitelock will take the place of Patrick Tuipulotu.

New Zealand are looking to secure a 17th-straight Test win on Saturday and move to within one game of the world record of 18 consecutive victories, but coach Steve Hansen knows his side will have to be at their very best when they take on the Springboks.

Hansen said: "We're expecting to be facing a very confident South African team after their win over Australia and a torrid battle against our traditional foe. We're expecting them to throw the kitchen sink at us."