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Shaun Johnson will have a new halves partner for Saturday night's Rugby League World Cup clash against Scotland with Te Maire Martin to wear the number 6 jersey in just his second Test.

Jason Nightingale, Peta Hiku and Dean Whare all get starts in a reshaped backline while Addin Fonua-Blake is set to earn his first Kiwi’s cap coming off the bench. Kenny Bromwich is fit and raring to go in the back row. Elijah Taylor will start at hooker, rounding out the seven changes to the side that beat Samoa 38-8 at Mt Smart.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Russell Packer and Danny Levi will again provide spark off the bench.

Thomas Leuluai and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak are 18th and 19th men respectively, Simon Mannering and Jordan Rapana are 20 and 21.

New Zealand v Scotland
Saturday 4 November, Christchurch Stadium

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Jason Nightingale
3 Dean Whare
4 Brad Takairangi
5 Peta Hiku
6 Te Maire Martin
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Martin Taupau
9 Elijah Taylor
10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
11 Kenny Bromwich
12 Joseph Tapine
13 Adam Blair
14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
15 Russell Packer
16 Addin Fonua-Blake
17 Danny Levi 

18 Thomas Leuluai
19 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
20 Simon Mannering
21 Jordan Rapana

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