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Foster has named two uncapped players on the bench, prop Aidan Ross and halfback Folau Fakatava. Highlanders halfback Fakatava now is in line to make his test debut at his home stadium.
Patrick Tuipulotu also is named on the bench to address the All Blacks' depleted second row stocks. With Whitelock out, the All Blacks also have lost Tupou Vaa'i to Covid-19. Tuipulotu, who has played 41 matches for the All Blacks, recently returned to New Zealand after spending six months in Japan.
The All Blacks will be without starting second row Sam Whitelock and his likely replacement Tupou Vaai for their Test vs Ireland on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Whitelock, who has 133 Test caps for New Zealand and captained them during the autumn, started alongside Brodie Retallick in first Test victory last week, but misses out due to concussion.
Vaai, who many expected to come in to replace Whitelock, has also been ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19.
As a result, the All Blacks have recalled former Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu, who recently returned from a sabbatical in Japan