The New Zealand XV which will line out against France has been announced.

The first test of the Steinlager Series takes place against the visiting French at Eden Park, Auckland, this Saturday, June 9.

Debutant Karl Tu’inukuafe has been handed a place on the bench by head coach Steve Hansen.

Elsewhere, Samuel Whitelock will captain the Test side for the second time in his 97th Test, and is joined in the second row by Scott Barrett. Scott and his two brothers, Beauden and Jordie, will make history as the first trio of brothers to make a New Zealand Test starting XV.

“It has been a spectacular rise for Karl, but his selection is well deserved and we look forward to watching him play his part on Saturday night”, Hansen told

“He and his family can be very proud about what he is about to achieve. It’s also a special night for the Barrett family with Beaudy, Scott and Jordie all starting the Test match, the first trio of All Black brothers to do so, so we congratulate them on their historic milestone.”

TEAM NAMING | Here is your All Blacks 23 to take on France in the first Test of the #SteinlagerSeries this Saturday.


— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) June 6, 2018

Waisake Naholo is notably absent from the squad of 23.

New Zealand (15-1): Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Karl Tui’inukuake, Ofa Tuungafasi, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, Te TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape