Highlanders will stand at each end, and in the middle of the All Blacks' back line in the clash with France this weekend.
Aaron Smith has been picked at halfback, Ma'a Nonu in the midfield and Ben Smith in the starting line-up at wing.
Team management says the outfit features a strong core of experienced All Blacks with a clutch of younger players.
The starting 15 has a combined total of 377 test caps.
The team will be captained on Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland by number eight, Kieran Read.
In Sri Lanka, New Year celebrations are just over a week away.
For the local student's association, sharing their festivities, traditions and cultures with the wider community is very important.
And it's also a time to show Dunedin people that Sri Lanka is more than just Dilmah tea and cricket.
The Otago Regional Council has released its Draft Long Term Plan for the next decade, to 2022.
Some of the projected new proposals include increases to bus fares and rates, as well as some new offices for the Regional Council.
Just prior to his resignation, former Local Government Minister, Nick Smith, proposed the idea to simplify local government, because it's currently too complicated, too expensive and too conflicted.
Dunedin City Councillor, Lee Vandervis, agrees, and thinks there should be one unitary council in Dunedin, which absorbs the current Otago Regional Council.
Now former Local Government Minister Nick Smith met with southern region mayors yesterday morning, to discuss his plans to significantly restructure the local government sector.
Dr Smith says the main drivers for the changes include rocketing local body debt, and the impact of the Auckland super city on the rest of the country.
Local Government minister Nick Smith has announced sweeping changes to how local authorities operate, and what powers they have.
The Dunedin City Council has been criticized for spending more money than it earns, however Mayor Dave Cull believes the council and central government are on the same page.
It was almost lost in the scrum over the Otago Rugby Football Union last night, but the Dunedin City Council quietly passed its 20 year budget through to public submission stage.
The long term plan will be open for public comment from this Saturday until April 17th at 5pm.
A summary of the lengthy document will be included in the Council's City Talk magazine, which is delivered to every Dunedin household from March the 21st.
Public hearings will be held in early May and the final decision will be made by the Council in June.
There are several parties interested in buying Carisbrook with a week and a half to go, the principal realtor says.
The prime commercial and industrial site, which was once known as the House of Pain, is due to be sold by deadline treaty on March 23rd.
Colliers Principal, Stephen Cairns, says there are several parties who the company is talking with, and he considered the sale was progressing well.
The sale includes 35,000sq m of land, and is being marketed as an "unparalleled development opportunity".
Talks continue at a closed, but heated, meeting of the Dunedin City Council decision on whether to write off money owed by the Otago Rugby Football Union.
Looking through the glass doors members of the city council appeared visibly agitated while discussing the motion on the table.
Dunedin City Council processes surrounding the stadium are being questioned, along with the council's relationship with the ORFU.
A concerned Dunedin resident believes ratepayers will end up paying for budget blow-outs, and for the union's debt to the DCC.