Mils Muliaina is expected to play at outside centre for the All Blacks against the Wallabies in Christchurch on Saturday
Muliaina played just two matches at No 13 for the Chiefs in the Super 14, but should partner Aaron Mauger in midfield, which will allow Leon Macdonald to start at fullback.
Among the forwards, Hurricanes lock Jason Eaton is expected to start ahead of SA-born Greg Rawlinson and Ali Williams, and partner Chris Jack in the second row. Rodney So’oialo, Richie McCaw and Jerry Collins will make up a strong loose trio.
Wallaby coach John Connolly said there had been uncertainty about the All Blacks’ centre combination for some time, but the latest word was that Muliaina was expected in the midfield.
“Mils has played a fair bit in the centres, and the All Blacks selectors really like MacDonald,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “So we’re expecting to see both of them out there on Saturday night.”