Graham Henry has mixed and matched again, making 10 changes to the side that beat England by a record 41-20.
Dan Carter and Richie McCaw are the most obvious names still in the line-up as Henry emphasised this was a different XV with a different set of skills. He refused to be drawn into debate as to whether it was a first or second XV, saying the All Blacks were a squad with capable depth in all positions.
There is a new centre pairing that could just show enough to be viewed as the potential World Cup midfield, loose-forwards Rodney So’oialo and Jerry Collins are restored ahead of Rueben Thorne and Chris Masoe, James Ryan and Ali Williams form a new lock pairing and Anton Oliver starts ahead of Keven Mealamu at hooker.
Joe Rokocoko switches to the right wing to accommodate his cousin Sitiveni Sivivatu.
The only player not considered for selection was Nick Evans, who is still struggling with a hamstring strain.
New Zealand (to play France): 15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney Soâ€™oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Ali Williams, 4 James Ryan, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Anton Oliver, 1 Tony Woodcock.